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The Road to 2020: A manifesto for the Ensuring Council

The Road to 2020: A manifesto for the Ensuring Council

Unprecedented financial problems coupled with demographic and environmental pressures call for a fundamental rethink of what the future role of local government should be and how effective services can be provided in the next decade and beyond.

The 'enabling model' has prevailed in local government during the past decade, fostering a largely unchallenged assumption that becoming a commissioner rather than a provider of services makes 'common sense'. But practitioners and commentators are beginning to question the assumption that this is the best way to meet the demands of complex policy and practical issues. This latest APSE report highlights that in fact such models can contribute to problems by fragmenting services and leaving 'hollowed out' authorities lacking capacity to intervene in accountable ways to meet the needs of their citizens.

It is against this backdrop that APSE has developed the Ensuring Council as a logical alternative to existing models.

  • The principles of the Ensuring Council have been honed and tested out through APSE's 2020 Commission consultation with council officers, elected members and experts from local government bodies.
  • The APSE 2020 Commission, was part of an Economic and Social Research Council Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University.
  • The report presents the findings of that consultation and a vision for the future of local government.
  • The report suggests ten steps that can be taken on the road to becoming an Ensuring Council.

The challenges faced by local government are, immense and APSE is not suggesting there are any easy solutions. However this report provides a useful and timely contribution to the debate and we hope it will help to shape alternative solutions to the challenges faced by local authorities providing a a positive way forward to 2020 and beyond.

A copy of the full report is available to download below:

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.

           

 

          

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