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 to Launch Spring Paper
Lyons Inquiry Operational Notice: 25 April 2006
Sir Michael Lyons will be publishing his Spring Paper from his Independent Inquiry into Local Government on Monday 8 May 2006. There will be an accompanying press briefing at 09:00hrs - The Balcony Room, Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT.
Sir Michael said:
'This document will present my latest thinking and analysis on a new role for local government, highlighting the need for a new partnership between central and local government in developing an overall system, which rises to the challenges of the 21st Century. This new system should promote national prosperity, offer local choice and respond to the needs of local citizens, balancing the expectations of service users with what they are prepared to pay for.
This paper does not focus on council tax or wider funding issues which I will return to and make recommendations on in my final report to Ministers in December 2006.
"National prosperity, local choice and civic engagement: a new partnership between central and local government for the 21st Century" sets out Sir Michaels latest thinking on:
For media wishing to attend and/or register for an interview with Sir Michael Lyons, please contact Marcus Chrysostomou on 020 7261 8356
Notes for Editors
  1. Sir Michael Lyons was originally 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. 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.
  2. On 15 December 2005 Sir Michael issued a consultation paper and interim report, inviting responses to the questions posed by 13 March 2006. At the same time submissions received from organisations and the research commissioned by the Inquiry were also published. A further paper will follow in Spring (see above) with the Inquiry concluding with a final report to Ministers in late 2006.
  3. The Inquiry is independent and therefore the decision on when to publish the Spring Paper will be made by Sir Michael.
  4. Copies of the report, submissions, research commissioned, and the terms of reference for the Inquiry, can be found on the Lyons Inquiry website at
  5. Any press enquiries should be directed to GNN on 0207 261 8356.
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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