The duty to involve
Some of you may have seen the Best Value guidance released for consultation by DCLG on 13 April.
One of the proposals in there is to repeal the Duty to Inolve, and the Duty to Prepare a Sustainable Community Strategy that were set out in the guidance Creating Strong, Safe and Prosperous Communities
The Duty to Involve meant that local authorities had to 'take those steps they consider appropriate to involve representatives of local persons in the exercise of any of their functions, where they consider that it is appropriate to do so'. This included providing information, consulting, and 'involving in another way'.
In the spirit of 'localism', the imposed duties and formal partnership structures have been ended. But how much is being lost by repealing the Duty to Involve local people in decision making?
It would be great to hear your thoughts - do you think repealing the Duty to Involve is right?