The final report of the APSE Local Government Commission (ALGC) 2030, set up to explore what the next decade could hold for a revitalised local government, has called for a system reset and at its heart a new constitutional settlement for local councils.
The ALGC 2030 received hundreds of pieces of evidence, including oral witness testimonies, during the course of its 18 months of work, and found that UK local government is facing its biggest economic, political and social challenges since the second world war. Alongside multiple public policy crisis in finances, adult care, housing and climate change the Commissioners found that the system of itself was hindered by a lack of powers and resources, and the centralisation of decision making, which mistrusts and hinders local councils, and ignores their democratic legitimacy.
‘Local by Default’ makes 28 recommendations which centre upon:-
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