Abstracts: March 26th, 2007

This paper from the Local Government Association and the Improvement and Development Agency sets out initial views about the nature and purpose of a strategy for improving local government. It describes the priorities on which to focus for the next spending review period and the implications for delivery and resources. It raises a number of key issues where input from the local government sector is needed.The strategy needs to be devised against the background of the long-term challenges facing society, such as globalisation, demographic changes, changes in technology and climate change. It should address issues such as rising customer expectations for better-quality services, the tighter financial environment, and the increasing complexity of the challenges facing localities which demand a long-term, collaborative approach between local partners.

The development of a strategy also presents an opportunity to respond to the challenges of the new “place-shaping” role set out in the local government white paper and to renew efforts to build cohesive and sustainable communities, finding new ways to engage people in the governance of their localities.

The paper is available at: http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/aio/6017221