Area devolvement is the devolvement of certain council matters to area bodies, which would include councillors of that locality. While not a central feature of the Local Government Act 2000, it is already apparent that such arrangements can be a vital part of reconnecting with communities. These mechanisms range from those that are purely consultative to those taking a significant number of decisions and the scrutiny of services at the local level. Public attendance at such meetings is often higher than for other council meetings.