Review of statutory duties placed on local government

19th January 2009


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.

The duties on local authorities have accumulated over the years with successive pieces of legislation. While some duties remain vital, others may no longer be needed or may create unnecessary burdens or restrictions on local authorities. To address this, the Government is carrying out a wide ranging review to establish the duties which are no longer needed and to remove them, giving local authorities freedom to operate in a way that meets local needs and priorities.

How parish and town council can help

To date the DCLG have identified 1294 statutory duties that central government currently places on local authorities, the majority of which arise from primary legislation - and they are aware that at this stage it is not a complete list. The DCLG are inviting you to comment on the duties and to challenge government on those which you feel are burdensome or no longer needed.

For further information please see the DCLG website