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
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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