Communities and Local Government Committee: Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 21 July 2009

Dr Phyllis Starkey, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, responds to CLG's "biggest single transfer of power in a generation" announcement

Dr Phyllis Starkey broadly welcomed CLG's 'Strengthening local democracy' consultation paper, published today, but urged the Government to consider a more far-reaching constitutional settlement.

Dr Phyllis Starkey said:

"I welcome the fact that CLG has clearly absorbed and reflected in its consultation paper a number of the key recommendations made in my Committee's recently published report Balance of Power: Central and Local Government (sixth report of session 2008-09 HC 33-I). I am particularly pleased that, as we recommended, CLG has recognised the advantages of greater Parliamentary scrutiny of the balance of power between local and central government.

The consultation paper's proposals go some way towards recognising the need for clarification of the relationship between central and local government. My Committee's report does however go further than the Government in recommending a new constitutional settlement for local government by placing the European Charter of Local Self-Government on a statutory basis. My Committee's report concluded that this was essential to ensure that local government was protected from encroachments by any future central government.

I look forward to continuing dialogue with CLG on this important matter."

The Committee's report, published on 20 May, can be found at:

The Government's consultation paper can be found at