This consultation document from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister sets out options for re-shaping local government and encouraging more people to become involved in the democratic life of their community. It outlines a foundation for a neighbourhood charter which could include a range of options such as extra anti social behaviour-related powers for neighbourhood bodies, delegation of budgets to ward councillors, access to more information on the performance of councils and neighbourhood contracts with service providers.The neighbourhood charter would set out the key principles for neighbourhood engagement and provide opportunities and support for neighbourhood activities that are right for their localities. Ward councillors would receive greater support in enhanced leadership roles in their neighbourhoods.
The document outlines how the development options could build on current decision sharing mechanisms such as New Deal for Communities areas, Sure Start, tenant participation, Local Strategic Partnerships and Youth Referral Panels.
The consultation document is available at: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/odpm/fiveyearstrategy/citizen_engagement.pdf