§ Mr. Waterson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what powers local councils have to establish community initiatives. 121W
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
Local authorities have a broad new power which enables them to take action to promote or improve the economic, social or environmental well-being of their area, including establishing and supporting local community initiatives. In deciding how to exercise the power, authorities must have regard to their community strategy, which should reflect local communities' priorities and long-term aspirations. Local authorities must work through local strategic partnerships to develop and implement their community strategies, to integrate the work of the council with that of other public, private, voluntary and community organisations.