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Political and Constitutional Reform Committee: Prospects for Codifying the Relationship between Central and Local Government

On 29th January 2013, at the House of Commons, a long overdue attempt to break the centralised nature of English governance was launched by the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. What is already being called ‘a new Magna Carta for English for local government’ was written by Professor Colin Copus, Director of the Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort’s Department of Politics and Public Policy. He was asked by the committee to draft a code that could stand on a statutory basis and set out the way in which local government could become independent of central government control. The Committee spent best part of last year consulting on the draft code and received record returns for a select committee consultation exercise. Professor Copus redrafted the code and his final version was published by the committee to be sent with a covering report to the government for a response.

The code covers areas such as: local government’s constitutional status, protection for council boundaries, political decision-making structures, the right to work in conjunction with other bodes and of course finance. The code gives councils the right to raise and spend money without central control or capping.

The Committee’s report and the code written by Professor Copus can be found here:  

Consitutional Committee

Pictured at the launch of the Committee’s report, L-R
Graham Allen M.P, Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee
Professor Colin Copus, Director of the Local Governance Research Unit
Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association
Brandon Lewis M.P, Local Government Minister 

Posted on Tuesday 5th February 2013

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