Councilors warn they lack the power to properly represent the local community

A survey of nearly 800 local authority officials found two-thirds believe they lack the powers to properly represent the needs of their local community, the Electoral Reform Society said.


Publish a report, Democracy made in Englandthe ERS said: ‘The first principle of devolution should be that the people of England should have the right to decide how they wish to be governed.

“It is clear that, so far, these calls for greater powers, for the vast majority of councilors and authorities, have not been met… It is clear that for many who serve their communities On the local democracy front, questions remain unanswered on how the relationship between the center and the localities can be better structured in favor of local decision-making.

“With so many local councilors feeling powerless to meet the needs of their constituents, we need to find a better balance between these two levels of government that truly serves the interests of communities across England.”

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In the report, the ERS criticizes the fact that often any transfer of decision-making powers in England has come as an afterthought – “and where reforms have taken place they have been driven out of the center and have done little to truly empower local government or the communities in which people live”.

England remains one of the most centralized nations in Europe, measured by local control of resources and overreliance on Whitehall decision-making, he said.

The ERS also suggested that the government’s leveling strategy was to tackle long-standing inequalities across the UK, but had so far failed to deliver the answers to the democracy deficit in the UK. England.

The Society seeks in the report to set out how a new relationship between national and local government can be created, and how a policy of devolution in England could be developed and the principles which should underpin such a move.

The ERS said: ‘It is not for the center of Westminster to decide how local communities should see themselves and how they should be governed, but to define how these communities can choose their own governance, how citizens can themselves even reinvigorate local democracy.

“Now is the time to rebuild our local democracy but, to do that, England can no longer be an afterthought.”