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Local Government Reform - Consultation on Policy Proposals

Published on Tue, 30 Nov 2010
This consultation ended on Fri, 11 Mar 2011 at 0:00am

The Department of the Environment published a consultation paper on 30 November 2010 entitled ‘Local Government Reform – Consultation on Policy Proposals’.  The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on proposals aimed at modernising and strengthening local democracy.  
The paper sets out a wide range of measures on the future shape of local government, and includes proposals for the introduction of:
  • a new governance framework to provide for efficient, fair and transparent decision-making across local government,
  • a new ethical standards regime and mandatory Code of Conduct to ensure the highest standards of behaviour are maintained;
  • a new community planning process together with a power of well-being;
  • a new regime to support improvement in how councils deliver services to their ratepayers; and
  • a Partnership Panel to formalise the relationships between the Executive and district councils and provide a forum for the collective consideration of strategic issues.
The Department wishes to consult as widely as possible on the proposals contained in the consultation paper.  Full details of how to respond to this consultation are included in the paper below.
Responses are sought by Friday, 11 March 2011.
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