By John Stewart.Changes proposed in the Local Government Bill will require councils to design new forms of decision making. The key point made in this paper is that the current forms of council meetings cannot remain unchanged and there is need to reconsider the role of the meeting within new political structures. The meeting could play a part in community leadership by bringing together elected councillors to consider the key issues facing the local community. One possibility is an annual state of the city, county, town or district debate which could involve representatives of other stakeholders and the public generally.
Published by the Local Government Association 020 7664 3000.