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iv) Representative elections.

v) Financial empowerment of democratically elected authorities.

Conference therefore welcomes Policy Paper 130, Power for People

and Communities, as a statement of Liberal Democrat policy, and in

particular welcomes its proposals to:

1. Devolve power to the lowest practicable level by:

a) Removing barriers to the creation of additional Parish and

Town Councils, as well as of neighbourhood forums in areas

that so choose.

b) Strengthening the powers of principal local authorities over

key areas such as education, health and care, transport,

planning, housing and the environment.

c) Abolishing the role of Police and Crime Commissioners.

d) Aiming for the creation of a democratically elected devolved

tier across England to be achieved by the end of the next

Parliament, using existing local authority areas as the building

blocks.

e) Ultimately locking in the new settlement for England as part

of a Written Constitution for the UK as a whole.

2. Make local government fit for the future by:

a) Introducing elections by the Single Transferable Vote in multimember constituencies for all levels of local government.

b) Increasing the openness of decision making, including

by requiring webcasting of all council meetings and

strengthening transparency rules on council-owned

companies and planning decisions on council owned land.

c) Increasing the inclusivity of councils by supporting the use of

all-women and all-disabled shortlists as a way of correcting

underrepresentation as already provided for by law, and

legislating to allow for all-BAME shortlists.

d) Encouraging the use of deliberative consultation methods

such as Citizen's Juries.

e) Strengthening the role of individual councillors, for example

by giving them a formal right to hold service providers to

account in their own ward.

d) Empowering Councils over their own finances, including by

ending the current capping regime, giving them enhanced

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