More About Local Democracy in Loveden

Responsibility for local issues is split between 3 tiers of local government (local authorities): the county council, district council and parish council.  In some other parts of the country the country and district councils have been merged into ‘unitary authorities’.  Instead of opting for unitary status, Lincolnshire councils produced a ‘Pathfinder’ agreement whereby the county and district councils work together more closely.  Borough councils have the same status as district councils (borough councils are older). Lincolnshire has 1 county council, 7 district/borough councils, plus nearly 400 town/parish councils.  

England is now split into EU regions.  Lincolnshire (apart from North Lincolnshire) is in the East Midlands regions, along with Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.  East Midlands Councils (which replaced the Regional Assembly on 1 Apr 10) is not directly elected but has representatives from the constituent councils.  There is also a regional Development Agency (EMDA), a Rural Affairs Forum (EMRAF) and a Government Office for the East Midlands, based in Nottingham.

Another recent organisation is the Lincolnshire Assembly, made up of representatives from various public, private and voluntary bodies and is chaired by the Bishop of Lincoln.  The Assembly oversees various Local Area Agreements for the provision of services.

National Representatives                                                Check out your MP on ‘They Work for You’

Stephen Phillips MP                                                         BBC Democracy Link for Brandon

Related links:

Proposed Changes in Planning Laws                                   Sustainable Communities Consultation

Local Transport White Paper                                               Litter Action

Community Energy Online                                                  Localism Bill Progress                                    

Ideas for Improving Local Area                                             Onlincolnshire (broadband campaign)