Devolution Democracy and Delivery White Paper Reforming Local Government

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Author: Carnegie UK Trust

Year: 2014

We believe that engagement and control is ultimately the key to improving local public services, rebuilding trust in government and helping citizens and communities feel happier about the services that they receive. Greater engagement and control allows citizens and communities to make informed contributions to future public services and allows them to play a more active role in improving their own wellbeing.  We suggest that the Welsh Government explore what a ‘right to engage’ might look like for communities. This would shift the power from public authorities who currently invite people to participate, towards communities who could claim a right to be involved in decisions.