As local authorities strive to address the impacts on their communities of the economic downturn and reductions in public spending, a debate is taking place about alternative visions of the future shape of local government itself.
APSE’s model of the ‘Ensuring Council’ endorses the role of local authorities as stewards of local wellbeing, recognises the strategic advantages of a strong core of in-house services delivered in collaboration rather in competition with alternative providers and grounding local decisions in politics and the values of social justice.
This research study tested support for these principles among elected members and officers across local government. It found marked opposition to the model of the ‘Enabling Council.’ In contrast, local officers and councillors demonstrated broad support for the vision of the ‘Ensuring Council’, with three different viewpoints emerging as to how APSE might take its model forward.
A copy of the full report is available to download below: