Strengthening Local Democracy? The Government’s Response to Widdicombe

  • Steve Leach
Part of the Government Beyond the Centre book series (GBC)


The Government’s proposed package of measures to ‘maintain the proper working of local authorities in the years ahead’1 is in one important sense quite untypical of the other legislative measures discussed in this book. It is untypical in that it is based on a considered response to a Committee of Inquiry (The Widdicombe Committee) which had been set up specifically to provide a basis of information, analysis and prescription in relation to the issue under consideration: the conduct of local authority business in the mid-1980s and, in particular, the changing role of local politics in this process.


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Notes and references

  1. 1.
    Department of the Environment, The Conduct of Local Authority Business: The Government Response to the Report of the Widdicombe Committee of Inquiry, Cmnd 433 (HMSO, 1988) p. v.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Department of the Environment, The Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Conduct of Local Authority Business (The Widdicombe Committee), Cmnd 997 (HMSO, 1986).Google Scholar
  3. 33.
    J. Gyford, S. Leach and C. Game, The Changing Politics of Local Government (Unwin Hyman, 1989) p. 338.Google Scholar

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