This report by APSE and the New Policy Institute (NPI) considers the prospects for the ‘neighbourhood services’ provided by local government. Neighbourhood services are mainly those provided by local government apart from social care and education, that includes parks and public realm, highways and transportation; environmental and regulatory service; cultural and related services; and planning and development. Download the report using this link
In ‘The New Municipalism: Taking back entrepreneurship’ we argue that local authorities are genuinely innovative in developing new ways of working to deliver outcomes that go beyond financial benefits. Complete with case studies this report is a robust source of information for all those in local government who wish to develop an entrepreneurial approach to support both frontline services and the communities and local economies in which they are based. Parks are an integral part of frontline neighbourhood services. Taking a ‘new muncipalist ’ approach can develop means to secure our parks for the future.
Neighbourhood services are universal public services experienced by communities at a local level. They are a core function of local government. They are made up of services such as maintaining local roads, providing parks, leisure centres and libraries, bin collections, recycling and services that protect consumers like trading standards and environmental health. Since 2010/11, neighbourhood services have been the hardest hit of all local government services, taking a shrinking share of a shrinking budget. Over this period, the worst hit neighbourhood services in England have had spending cut by half. Many have seen cuts of at least a quarter and the most deprived local authorities in England have seen the biggest falls.
This hard hitting report by APSE and the New Policy Institute (NPI) explores the impact of austerity on neighbourhood services, and warns of the consequences of this continuing downward trajectory in funding which risks falling to a 60-year low.