The new guidance will free local authorities from previous duties contained in Creating Strong, Safe & Prosperous Communities — it is proposed that the ‘duty to involve’ (i.e. to consult local people, businesses and organisations prior to taking action) and the duty to produce a sustainable community strategy will be revoked. The former (if I understand the guidance correctly) will be replaced with a requirement to consult all key parties right the way through the service commissioning — and decommissioning — process. Authorities may also be subject to judicial review should they be found to be passing disproportionate cuts on to third sector organisations.
The consultation is open until 14th June 2011.