Archives for April 20th, 2006

ALL OUR FUTURES: THE CHALLENGES FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN 2015

Abstracts, PublicNet: 20 April, 2006

This research report commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister assess social, economic, organisational, technical, cultural and political key issues and trends over the next ten years.The findings of the report show that the future of local government will be less concerned with direct service delivery and more with regulation, influencing behaviour and supporting communities to respond to difference as well as caring for vulnerable groups and individuals. It means that community leadership is likely to be the single most important feature of local governance. It also means that the move away from silo working and towards joined up government at a local level will become more rather than less important.

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CALL FOR BOTTOM UP APPROACH TO LOCAL GOVERNANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 April, 2006

The case for an overhaul of the local government inspection regime to give more power to Local Area Agreements and a greater role for neighbourhoods in scrutiny has been set out in a pamphlet from the Local Government Information Unit. It argues for the scrapping of targets and their replacement with a ‘bottom up’ approach to local governance.The pamphlet, “Locally defined targets: better performance management”, has been produced as part of the unit’s Making Local Democracy Work campaign. It includes a warning that the Government’s current double devolution agenda will succeed only if there is greater emphasis on public service skills. The document also points out that over the next ten years the generation that have filled middle and senior management jobs will retire, creating a shortage of internally developed future leaders who have the necessary skills to manage a public sector that is becoming increasingly service orientated.

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DELIVERY OF HOUSING AND REGENERATION PROGRAMMES TO BE REVIEWED

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 April, 2006

The Government has announced a review of the institutional structure for delivery of its housing and regeneration programmes. It will look into the best way of organising national delivery mechanisms to make the best use of private investment, public subsidy and land holdings, and assets from past public investment. The aim is to support the delivery of new homes, the improvement of existing ones, and the creation of mixed, sustainable communities. The review holds out the prospect of a new agency being created to handle these tasks.The review was jointly called for by the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, and the Local Government and Communities Minister David Miliband. It will be able to draw on advice from a panel of experts including representatives from local government, the Chairs and Chief Executives of English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation, lenders, and other external people with relevant knowledge. The Review team is expected to report to ministers in July, with any decisions being announced during the summer.

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