Headlines: March 1st, 2002

A Cabinet Office unit has been working with DTLR and the Local Government Association (LGA) on new proposals to cut red tape for local councils in six key areas.The aim is to allow councils to get on with tasks quickly, with minimum bureaucracy and regulation. The sorts of tasks involved include the removal of abandoned vehicles, handling of school exclusions and the benefits system for disabled children.

The Local Government White Paper “Strong Local Leadership – Quality Public Services” set out plans to give local authorities the tools they need to improve services, including removal of unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy. The new report “Making A Difference: Reducing red tape and bureaucracy in local government” aims to deliver on some of those promises.

The LGA says the deregulation will free up local government’s capacity to innovate and deliver further improvements on the ground.

Copies of the report can be found on the Regulatory Impact Unit website at www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/regulation/PublicSector/reports.htm