Future of Local Government LGiU - Civil Society Innovation Network 200312

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  • 1. looking aheadthere will be many mergers of services units.there will be fewer hospitals, police and fire stations.there will be fewer local authorities as they merge together, particularly districtscommunity governance (town and parish councils) will bloomcouncils may merge with other units of service provisioncities take charge, e. g welfarecouncils will seek to transfer risk, particularly to community organisations
  • 2. Local authorities will have an even more limited role in the educationsystem.All schools will be ‘independent’ of the local authority.Schools might be run for profit?Community UniversitiesCommunity Justice approaches will be used instead of custodial sentences inmore cases, as prisons reach bursting pointNew Local PrisonsThe Work Programme will be reviewed and possibly replaced
  • 3. in the nhs access to new pharmaceuticals and treatments will be restrictedand waiting times will increase.public health interventions will be the only significant way to achieve bigchanges in outcomes.the private sector in health care will expand.more people will buy health and social care insurance productsolder people will have occupational health checks, immunisations, otherpublic health interventions
  • 4. reducing energy costs will become one of the top priorities forpublic service providersthis and channel shift and the cloud, meanpublic services will be increasingly delivered to users where theyare, rather than in institutionspublic service workers will be ever more mobile
  • 5. ‘personalisation’ will be accelerated with more service users being given afunding allocation, across more services, which they may ‘top up’comparison websites will become an important market place for publicservices
  • 6. new or growing areasservices supporting independent living‘socialisation’ services for older peoplevocational education (as young people chose not to go to university)information management services about citizens/service usersservices subject to "right to challenge" - will be used by different parts ofgovernmentstewardship of natural resources. "local nature partnerships"government advisory services, such as financial advicegovernment and insurance - flooding, social care etc
  • 7. more commercial trading by parts of governmentnew council housing - borrowing against the hrawill we see tesco hospitals or ebay degrees?will there be significant new forms of funding public services through newfinancial models, such as hedge funds funding prevention?
  • 8. what does this context mean for the futurecouncil?service delivery or capacity building?changed relationship of citizen and (local) statedemocratic accountability?