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With the consultations on local government reform completed, Cabinet submissions are being prepared, to facilitate the issuing of drafting instructions for the 14 laws, which are to be repealed as part of the reform process.
The intention is to create three key Acts that better reflect the roles and functions of local authorities and which will give the system the proper legal framework on which to operate.
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government, Robert Montague, who was delivering the main address at the Westmoreland Parish Council’s annual awards ceremony on Thursday (Nov. 26), stated that the legislative reform is necessary to successfully implement the recommendations of the National Advisory Council.
As it relates to the anchoring of local government in the Constitution, he said that the recommendations have been completed and are being reviewed by the Justice Ministry. The entrenchment of the local government system should form part of the overall amendments being contemplated for the Constitution.

Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government, Hon. Robert Montague (left) presents a plaque to former Inspector of Poor for Westmoreland, Violet Burnett (right), for 38 years of dedicated service to the Westmoreland Parish Council and the parish. Ms. Burnett was one of seven former employees of the Parish Council, who were honoured at an awards function held on Thursday (Nov. 26) at the Hotel Commingle in Savanna-la-mar.

Outlining the various benefits that will flow from a reformed local government system, Mr. Montague mentioned greater involvement of residents in the business of their parish councils and giving the authorities the capacity “to do the job that they ought to do.”
The awards ceremony, held at the Hotel Commingle in Savanna-la-mar, marked the culmination of Local Government Month activities for the Westmoreland Parish Council.
Seven former employees were honoured for a combined total of 131 years of service to the council and the parish.

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