<span style="color: #000000; font-family: Georgia, click ‘Times New Roman’, online ‘Bitstream Charter’, viagra Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;”>The Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act received Royal Ascent on 12th November 2009, meaning that councils will be required to respond to local Petitions and ePetitions about issues people feel are really important to them and their local communities. Another requirement of the Act is a duty on local councils to promote democracy and ensure all sections of their community understand how the council and other public bodies work, who make decisions and how they can get involved
Local Government Minister Rosie Winterton said:
“The global downturn has affected different areas of the country in different ways, creating challenges that require local solutions.
“The Act strengthens the democratic role of councils as local leaders in every region, giving them the power to work with local people and their regional partners to increase prosperity and tackle social deprivation and inequality.”