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APSE Local Government Commission 2030 Report Findings



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:-   

  • A new relationship with local government
  • An alternative: The principle of local by default
  • Revitalising local government
  • The roles and powers of local government
  • A sustainable financial settlement for local government
  • Local democracy, representation and accountability
  • The local government workforce
  • Addressing inequalities and engaging communities


Click here to download 'Local by default'



  1. APSE is the Association for Public Service, a not-for-profit organisation working with over 300 councils throughout the UK providing advice, support and research on frontline local government services. Contact Mo Baines, Head of Communication and Coordination mbaines@apse.org.uk mobile 07971 84515 to arrange for interview or further information or Matt Ellis, APSE Communications Officer on mellis@apse.org.uk tel: 0161 772 181

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APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association 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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