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Local Works Thank MP for Championing Wiltshire’s Communities

Author: Emily Randall

Published on Feb 09, 2012

Local Works Thank MP for Championing Wiltshire’s Communities

Thursday 9 February 2012

Local Works, a coalition of over 100 community organisations, including Age UK, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Women's Institute, today congratulated local MP, Duncan Hames, for championing Wiltshire's communities in Parliament.

At recent Parliamentary debates on town centres, communities and local government, Mr Hames questioned Communities Minister, Greg Clark, over delays on action to help local communities. The Chippenham MP urged Mr Clark to act expeditiously on implementing a law specifically designed to help local shops, services and jobs, called the Sustainable Communities Act.

The Sustainable Communities Act has set up a radical new process where communities and councils can submit ideas to government for action to reverse community decline and promote local services, trade, jobs, shops and the environment.

Communities in Wilstshire, and others across the country, are currently unable to use the Act because new regulations need to first be made by the government.

Steve Shaw, National Co-ordinator of Local Works, said:

"We congratulate Mr Hames for urging the Minister to end the delay and get the Sustainable Communities Act process going again. Once this happens the people of Liverpool and communities across the country can use the Act to drive the actions central government takes to reverse community decline and create thriving local neighbourhoods and towns."

Duncan Hames MP said:

"The Sustainable Communities Act gives local people, in Wiltshire and across the country, the chance to change things which affect the places and communities they call home. To make progress, the Government needs to set some rules and give powers to town and parish councils which are now overdue. I am keeping the pressure on Ministers to make this happen."