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This section of the website includes details of recent news and events, including press notices and other media communications and presentations.
27 March 2007 - Lyons Inquiry - National Conference
21 March 2007 - Lyons Inquiry final report and recommendations
19 March 2007 - Sir Michael Lyons's final report - launch and forthcoming conference
11 December 2006 - Lyons seeks views on maximising local government's contribution to future economic prosperity
6 December 2006 - Lyons Inquiry to advise Government on the implications of Barker, Leitch and Eddington for local government
20 November 2006 - Lyons publishes findings from public deliberation events
14 November 2006 - Lyons publishes summary of stakeholder events
8 September 2006 - Lyons to challenge local government and businesses to work together effectively in promoting economic prosperity
17 August 2006 - Lyons to meet businesses to discuss local economic prosperity
21 July 2006 - Lyons Inquiry engages public
5 July 2006 - "Local government's active support is needed now" says Lyons
22 June 2006 - Voluntary and community organisations have a key role to play in place shaping (Adobe Acrobat file: 100kb)
21 June 2006 - Lyons calls for councils to promote the role of housing in effective place shaping
14 June 2006 - Council finance chiefs should be "finance directors for council and community" says Lyons
8 May 2006 - Sir Michael Lyons publishes his latest thinking on the future role and function of local government
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Lyons Inquiry engages public
Lyons Inquiry engages public
Lyons Inquiry Press Notice: 21 July 2006
The Lyons Inquiry will be holding a series of public engagement events in collaboration with local authorities in each region. These events will provide Sir Michael with an opportunity to receive views from a variety of local people to form part of his Independent Inquiry into Local Government.
These public engagement events are intended to allow people to consider - in depth - issues about local government, and are designed to take into account different views and perspectives. The events are therefore small, focussed sessions with the participants chosen to be representative of the population of each local area. In selecting the groups we have worked closely with our researchers and partner local authorities, including through local arrangements for engaging the panel such as Citizens Panels.
The events are aimed for the public to express their views on issues like
- Who should be making decisions about your local area and how services and activities should be paid for?
- Do you think the current Council Tax system is fair?
- Would you like your local council to be more involved in issues such as community safety and public health?
- Who should be responsible for bringing jobs and economic prosperity to your local area?
Sir Michael said:
"I am particularly keen to receive the views of a wide range of people to make sure that my recommendations will work and take into account what people think. The Inquiry is holding nine of these events across the country to give people the opportunity to have their say.
"They will enable me to look at the issues of place shaping at a local level and will feed into my continuing thinking on the role of local government."
The events will be held on the following dates:
- Friday 21 July - Bristol (South West)
- Friday 21 July - Nottingham (East Midlands)
- Monday 24 July - Southampton (South East)
- Thursday 27 July - Shropshire (West Midlands)
- Monday 31 July - Barnet (London)
- Tuesday 1 August - Hartlepool (North East)
- Wednesday 2 August - Sheffield (Yorkshire & Humber)
- Thursday 3 August - Chelmsford (East of England)
- Wednesday 9 August - Trafford (North West)
Notes for Editors
- Sir Michael Lyons was originally commissioned in July 2004 by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chancellor to make recommendations on how to reform the local government funding system by December 2005. On 20 September 2005 the remit of the Inquiry was extended to enable Sir Michael to consider issues of function before finalising his conclusions on funding.
- On 15 December 2005 Sir Michael issued a consultation paper and interim report. A further paper was published on 8th May 2006 entitled "National Prosperity, local choice and civic engagement" with the Inquiry concluding with a final report to Ministers in late 2006.
- Copies of the reports, submissions, research commissioned, and the terms of reference for the Inquiry, can be found on the Lyons Inquiry website.
- For media interested in these events please contact Marcus Chrysostomou on 020 7261 8356.
The Lyons Inquiry has now closed. Please direct your queries to Communities and Local Government or HM Treasury.
Communities and Local Government general enquiries helpline: 020 7944 4400
HM Treasury Correspondence and Enquiry Unit: 020 7270 4558
Further contact details are available on their respective websites
- Department for Communities and Local Government
- HM Treasury
- Local Government Association
- Local government statistics
Lyons Inquiry archive
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