Policy paper

Review of local government statutory duties: summary of responses

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

A summary of the responses to the review of statutory duties placed on local government.

Documents

Summary of the review of statutory duties placed on local government

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List of statutory duties – DCLG owned (revised 30 June 2011)

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List of statutory duties – other government departments (revised 30 June 2011)

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Detail

Local authorities are bound by statute. Their functions are set out in numerous Acts of Parliament and many of these functions have associated legal duties. At no point in recent history has there been a comprehensive list of legal duties placed on local authorities. The government therefore agreed with the Local Government Association that it should compile a list of these duties to give clarity about what these are.

On 30 June 2011, a summary of the responses and the latest revised list of duties were published. This exercise has successfully enabled a clearer picture of the requirements on local authorities, and created a valuable record that had previously not existed.