Communities and Local Government Department review of statutory duties placed on local government - CPAG's submission

April 2011

The Government's ‘informal’ six-week consultation reviewed the 1,294 statutory duties that central government currently places on local authorities. These range from some that sound relatively trivial, to others that are vital to the health and wellbeing of children. We are particularly concerned at the threat to duties set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010, to which all political parties signed up. Among other things, the Act said that local authorities and named partner authorities have a duty to cooperate with a view to reducing, and mitigating the effects of, child poverty in their local areas. We believe that the removal of this and other duties towards children would be morally and legally wrong, and would undermine the Government's stated commitment to ending child poverty in the UK.