Lyons Inquiry into Local Government
Lyons Inquiry into Local Government Funding:
Open for Business
Lyons Inquiry Press Notice: 4 October 2004
From today the independent inquiry into local government funding in England, led by Sir Michael Lyons, is inviting contributions to its work.
Sir Michael said:
"I would encourage anyone with an interest in this important issue to contribute to the debate. A lot of valuable work has already been done, not least in the Balance of Funding Review. I want to take this work forward and I am determined that this inquiry will provide real answers to some long-term problems which affect all of us. The first step will be to listen to the experts and those affected by the issues."
"As part of this process, we will not only be seeking written evidence, but also holding a series of meetings around the country to develop a broader understanding of the issues as they affect different regions and local communities. After this phase of evidence gathering, which I would expect to take several months, we will use that evidence to inform our detailed analysis of options which will address the issues I have been asked to tackle."
Sir Michael invited those with an interest to look at the inquiry's terms of reference and contribute their views and expertise. In particular, the inquiry would welcome evidence which bears on the questions underpinning its terms of reference: