Reform and new thinking must be embraced
25 April 2019
Local authorities must work together to deliver quality, cost-effective services. Reforms are often imposed by central government and local authorities must work to make them a success.
- Economies and communities do not stop the local authority boundary. Greater collaboration is needed in local, regional and metropolitan spatial and economic planning.
- Local government reform should be reinvigorated. This should include the pooling of staff and specialist expertise, using shared services to cut duplication, improved public procurement practices and greater use of digital technologies.
- Directly elected mayors are being proposed for three areas. Internationally, mayors play a key role in economic development and can do so here. However, first we need to get our existing local government structures right.