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Parish Councils could get more autonomy

Ernest Peets, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Government is considering giving the island’s Parish Councils greater autonomy.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport said it had begun meeting with the councils and created a working group to help them operate “as independent entities”.

Ernest Peets, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, said the initiative was intended to modernise the relationship between the Government and the councils to create better outcomes.

Dr Peets added: “The role of Parish Councils is to serve their communities, and I believe that in the 21st century the Government doesn’t have to be involved at this level of community initiative.

“Rather than stifle councils, we wish to see them innovate and flourish in the manner most beneficial to their individual, unique communities.

“I’m very pleased with the pace of this work. The Ministry and the Working Group aim to conclude their project to develop a road map that is suitable and realistic by the end of the year.”

Dr Peets also urged the public to follow public health guidelines to help curb the spread of Covid-19 in Bermuda.

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Published April 23, 2021 at 3:08 pm (Updated April 23, 2021 at 4:19 pm)

Parish Councils could get more autonomy

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