Local Government Act 2000
|Long title||An Act to make provision with respect to the functions and procedures of local authorities and provision with respect to local authority elections; to make provision with respect to grants and housing benefit in respect of certain welfare services; to amend section 29 of the Children Act 1989; and for connected purposes.|
|Royal assent||28 July 2000|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Text of the Local Government Act 2000 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk|
- to give powers to local authorities to promote economic, social and environmental well-being within their boundaries
- to require local authorities to shift from their traditional committee-based system of decision-making to an executive model, possibly with a directly elected mayor (subject to approval by referendum), and with a cabinet of ruling party group members
- to create a consequent separation of functions with local authorities, with backbench councillors fulfilling an overview and scrutiny role
- to introduce a revised ethical framework for local authorities, requiring the adoption of codes of conduct for elected members and standards committees to implement the codes of conduct; the introduction of a national Standards Board and Adjudication Panel to deal with complaints and to oversee disciplinary issues
- to require each local authority to produce a publicly available constitution
The introduction of directly elected mayors was the most radical innovation in the Act. About thirty local referendums have been held, the majority of which have decided against the elected mayor option.
Options for council executive forms
The act provided that the executive of a local authority must take one of the following forms:
- Leader and cabinet executive
- Mayor and cabinet executive
- Mayor and council manager executive
- Alternative arrangement (Sec.31)
The mayor and council manager executive option was repealed by the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.
Changes made by the Localism Act 2011 made it possible for larger authorities (more than 85,000 population) to revert to a committee system of governance.
- Text of the Local Government Act 2000 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk
- The Local Government Act 2000, as originally enacted, from the Office of Public Sector Information.
- Explanatory notes to the Local Government Act 2000 from the Office of Public Sector Information.
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