LGA calls for greater control, following Brexit vote

The Local Government Association (LGA) has released a statement calling for the government to issue greater control to councils, in order to bring communities together following the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

The LGA has said that councils should play a key part in decision making over how to replace EU laws as part of the UK’s exit negotiations.

EU laws currently determine a number of council services, including: waste; employment; health and safety; consumer protection; trading; and environmental standards.

In a statement, it said: “There cannot be an assumption that power over these services is simply transferred from Brussels to Westminster. If services are delivered locally, then the power over how to run them should rest locally too. Decades of centralised control over funding and services has distanced our residents from the decisions that affect their everyday lives. With greater control in our areas we can improve services and save money.

“Communities in England have been allocated £5.3 billion of EU regeneration funding up to 2020. It is important for the Government to guarantee it will protect this vital funding to avoid essential growth-boosting
projects stalling and local economies across England being stifled.”