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With the coalition government firmly behind a radical decentralisation of power to local authorities, this panel discussion will explore whether their actions really will empower local communities, and give us more power and control over our lives. As the Coalition reduces ringfencing and provides local authorities with more say over the allocation of resources generally, Government policies in education and health show a bypassing of democratically elected local bodies, providing local groups and practitioners with power over budget streams. Are these two approaches to decentralisation complementary? Is one approach better than another, or does it depend on the policy area?

Speakers:

Ian Mulheirn,  Director, Social Market Foundation.

Ann Turley, Deputy Director, New Local Government Network

Cllr Harry Phibbs

Date: Tuesday 30th November 2010, 19:00-21:00

Venue: Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons