Letter from the London Borough of Camden
I am writing briefly to respond on behalf of
the London Borough of Camden to the Bill.
We have no real concerns about the Bill as it
stands or indeed the obligations that will be imposed on us in
the Bill. Our main concern arises from what is not in the Bill
and which will only be covered at a later date. This as you may
expect is related to funding.
Our view is that the funding that we currently
receive is barely adequate to cover the present emergency planning
responsibilities. We have serious concerns about whether we would
have sufficient funds to cover our extended responsibilities contained
in the draft Bill under the existing funding arrangements.
We therefore trust that there will be serious
consideration given to increasing the funding available for local
authorities to carry out the key duties under the new legislation.
We do not believe that we could adequately fulfill those duties
without that increase.
8 August 2003