Anthony Collins Briefing Notes: Local Government

08 May 2024
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The Law Commission Review of Co-operative Law briefing note delves into the critical intersection of local government and co-operation. It traces the historical evolution of local government, highlighting key reforms like the Local Government Act 1888 and the establishment of local health boards. The briefing emphasises the financial challenges plaguing local councils, with a focus on the imperative of solvency and the necessity for central government intervention. It highlights the need for modernisation in numerous areas, including capital and cooperative law, to enable the efficacy of local government operations.

The briefing note advocates for co-operation as a pivotal tool in expanding the options available to local government in achieving its objectives. It also discusses the importance of updating UK co-operative law to align with international standards and promote a supportive legal framework for co-operatives. Overall, the note underscores the crucial role of co-operation in enhancing local government practices and calls for collaborative efforts between central, devolved, and local governments to modernize the legal framework and support the use of co-operative approaches in the public sector.



Cliff Mills | LinkedIn  One of the early members of ICA Global Network of Cooperative Lawyers. He is a co- author of the ICA Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade, UK expert under the Coops4dev Legal Framework Analysis, and an active participant in the International Forums on Cooperative Law and contributor to the International Journal of Cooperative Law.

Claire Ward | LinkedIn Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors

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