All 1 Debates between Baroness D'Souza and Lord Greenhalgh

Devolution: England

Debate between Baroness D'Souza and Lord Greenhalgh
Tuesday 28th July 2020

(3 years, 11 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Greenhalgh Portrait Lord Greenhalgh
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My noble friend is right that decisions that affect local people should be made at a local level. As the Prime Minister recently said, now is the moment to strengthen the incredible partnership between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The White Paper will detail how the UK Government will partner with places across the UK to build a sustainable economic recovery.

Baroness D'Souza Portrait Baroness D'Souza (CB) [V]
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My Lords, the current crisis offers the opportunity to reduce social inequality and develop a more participatory democracy. Larger influences often arise from community involvement. If we are serious about dealing with major social and economic issues, we have also to be serious about encouraging local leadership and local ownership. Are the Government fully committed to empowering and funding the new local groups and social networks that are emerging to meet community needs?

Lord Greenhalgh Portrait Lord Greenhalgh
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My Lords, the Government are aware that participation at the local level is important. We continue to support groups such as citizens advice groups and West London Citizens—with which I work—that provide that direct democracy.