PRIME Minister David Cameron welcomed Cllr Craig Humphrey to a reception at 10 Downing Street to mark the Royal Assent of the Government’s Localism Act.
The Government has committed to devolving decision making for a range of local issues from Whitehall to councillors and people within local communities. Now the proposals have passed into law, councillors will hope to see this commitment become a reality.
Cllr Humphrey said: “It was an honour to visit Downing Street and to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss the positive changes the Government is making in devolving power to local authorities through the Localism Act.
“By giving councillors more freedom over decisions affecting the local area, much stronger powers on licensing and by cutting needless bureaucracy, the Government is showing its commitment to hand control back to local people and communities.”
Mr Cameron added: “I always welcome the opportunity to meet with group leaders from across the country to discuss the issues on the ground, and how the Government can work to do all we can to make local government work for local people.”