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Richmond Council says ‘Department of Levelling Up’ diminishes importance of local government

29 September 2021

The Leader of Richmond Council, Councillor Gareth Roberts, has criticised the Government for "diminishing the importance of the role of local government" with its decision to remove reference to local government in the newly named Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Putting forward a motion at the Full Council meeting last night (Tuesday 28 September), Councillor Roberts outlined the critical role local government plays in people’s lives, delivering front line services like education, adult social care and waste and recycling.

He also highlighted the importance placed on the role of local government by residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillor Roberts said:

"I can't remember a time when residents have depended more on local government and their local councillors. During the pandemic, people have been looking towards us for guidance, leadership and support.

"This Council regrets, therefore, the decision to remove reference to local government in the newly named Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, formerly known as the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government; a move which would appear to relegate and diminish the importance of the role of local government."

The motion was passed unanimously by the Full Council.

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Updated: 30 September 2021

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