Tory leader meets prime minister at No 10 to welcome Localism Bill

THURROCK Conservative group leader councillor Phil Anderson has met with prime minister David Cameron at a 10 Downing Street reception to mark the Royal Assent of the Government’s Localism Act.

The Government is committed to devolving decision making for a range of local issues from Whitehall to councillors and people within local communities. Now with the proposals having passed into law, councillors up and down England and Wales will see this commitment become a reality.

Commenting, Councillor Anderson said:

“It was an honour to visit Downing Street and to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss the positive changes the Government is making in devolving power to local authorities through the Localism Act.

“By giving councillors more freedom over decisions affecting the local area and by cutting needless bureaucracy, this Government is showing its commitment to hand control back to local people and communities.

“The Prime Minister specifically mentioned new initiatives to tackle some of the most troubled families. I had the chance to tell him a story I had heard just that morning at the Thurrock Faith Forum, of how a church-led project is showing how simple involvement can lead to positive change.”

Prime Minister, David Cameron added: “I always the welcome the opportunity to meet with group leaders from across the country to discuss the issues on the ground, and how the Government can work to do all we can to make local government work for local people.”

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