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.
The research findings were presented to senior policy makers from across Whitehall and local government and the unanimous view was that to address the drivers and pressure in the future there needs to be a significant shift in the way in which local government and governance are structured, so that specific outcomes, local variations, differences, needs and aspirations can be met appropriately.
The report is available at: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/pub/325/AllOurFuturesThechallengesforlocalgovernancein2015_id1165325.pdf