Lyons Inquiry into Local Government
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Press Notices
27 March 2007 - Lyons Inquiry - National Conference
21 March 2007 - Lyons Inquiry final report and recommendations
19 March 2007 - Sir Michael Lyons's final report - launch and forthcoming conference
11 December 2006 - Lyons seeks views on maximising local government's contribution to future economic prosperity
6 December 2006 - Lyons Inquiry to advise Government on the implications of Barker, Leitch and Eddington for local government
20 November 2006 - Lyons publishes findings from public deliberation events
14 November 2006 - Lyons publishes summary of stakeholder events
8 September 2006 - Lyons to challenge local government and businesses to work together effectively in promoting economic prosperity
17 August 2006 - Lyons to meet businesses to discuss local economic prosperity
21 July 2006 - Lyons Inquiry engages public
5 July 2006 - "Local government's active support is needed now" says Lyons
22 June 2006 - Voluntary and community organisations have a key role to play in place shaping (Adobe Acrobat file: 100kb)
21 June 2006 - Lyons calls for councils to promote the role of housing in effective place shaping
14 June 2006 - Council finance chiefs should be "finance directors for council and community" says Lyons
8 May 2006 - Sir Michael Lyons publishes his latest thinking on the future role and function of local government
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Lyons Inquiry:
Sir Michael Lyons's Final Report - launch and forthcoming conference
Lyons Inquiry Press Notice: 19 March 2007
Launch: 21 March 2007
Sir Michael Lyons will publish his much anticipated final report from his independent Inquiry into the future role, function and funding of local government - "Place-shaping: a shared ambition for the future of local government" - at a breakfast briefing (9:30am for 10:00am) on Wednesday 21 March at one Whitehall Place, London.
Sir Michael will unveil his final recommendations and findings - highlighting the vital role that local government can play in creating a system of effective governance for the 21st century, improving satisfaction and building more prosperous communities. This will be followed by an open question-and-answer session.
Conference: 27 March 2007
This major national conference, hosted by Sir Michael Lyons, will offer delegates the opportunity to hear and debate final recommendations with senior figures from across central, regional and local government, as well as the business and third sectors. Further details of this conference are available from
There will be an opportunity for pre-arranged media interviews with Sir Michael on both days. For media interested in attending the final report launch, the forthcoming conference, or to arrange an interview, please contact Nicola Croden on 07785 975226.
Notes for Editors
  1. Sir Michael Lyons was commissioned in July 2004 by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chancellor to make recommendations on how to reform the local government funding system, by December 2005.
  2. On 20 September 2005 the remit of the Inquiry was extended to enable Sir Michael to consider issues of function before finalising his conclusions on funding.
  3. On 15 December 2005 Sir Michael issues his "Interim report and consultation document". A further paper was published on 8 May 2006 entitles "National prosperity, local choice and civic engagement".
  4. On 6 December 2006 the Chancellor announced a short extension to Sir Michael's Inquiry, for him to consider the implications of the Eddington, Barker and Leitch Reviews before finalising his report.
  5. Copies of reports, submissions, research commissioned and the terms of reference for the Inquiry can be found on the Lyons Inquiry Website at, and also at
Contact details
The Lyons Inquiry has now closed. Please direct your queries to Communities and Local Government or HM Treasury.
Communities and Local Government general enquiries helpline: 020 7944 4400
HM Treasury Correspondence and Enquiry Unit: 020 7270 4558
Further contact details are available on their respective websites

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