Review of statutory duties placed on local government
In March 2011, Greg Clark announced that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) would be leading a cross Government review of statutory duties placed on local authorities by central government.
YoungMinds welcomed the opportunity to review the number of duties placed on local authorities, and submitted a response to the consultation, stressing the need to retain certain duties, especially those connected to supporting the most vulnerable groups in our communities.
We believe that decisions about statutory duties should be based on a shared commitment that:
- Changes to statutory duties must have no negative effect on children and young people, or conflict with obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- The welfare, safety and future life chances of all children must to be central to any decision-making process.
- Any proposed changes to statutory duties which would impact on children, young people and families, must not take place without a formal consultation process and a full impact assessment, particularly ensuring that the voices of the children and young people themselves are heard.