24 June 2016 | Jamie Harris
The Local Government Association (LGA) has said that councils in England "need a seat at the table" when decisions are made on legislation to replace EU laws as part of the UK's exit from the European Union (EU).
After the UK voted to leave the EU yesterday, the LGA said in a statement that it would continue to represent the interests of English councils in Brussels as exit negotiations continue.
The LGA said: "It is vital that local government is part of the team. EU laws and regulations impact on many council services, such as waste, employment, health and safety, consumer protection and trading and environmental standards.
"There cannot be an assumption that power over these services is simply transferred from Brussels to Westminster. If services are delivered locally, then the power over how to run them should rest locally too. Decades of centralised control over funding and services have distanced our residents from the decisions that affect their everyday lives. With greater control in our areas we can improve services and save money.
The LGA noted that £5.3 billion of EU regeneration funding has been allocated to communities in England until 2020.
It added: "It is important for the government to guarantee it will protect this vital funding to avoid essential growth-boosting projects stalling and local economies across England being stifled."