Plain Action PMG 14th July 2011 LocalismThe impact and opportunities for Rural Communities
“Theres nothing milk andhoney about localism.Theres nothing easy about it –theres no guidance manual.That isnt really the point.Localism wont deliver homogenous,bland, uniform public services. This is about pushing poweroutwards, downwards as far as possible. And all the possibilitiesthat arise from local communities seizing power themselves. Andtaking on the responsibilities and the consequences of gettingthings right and getting them wrong.”The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP - Localism and the public services revolution15 June 2011 http://www.communities.gov.uk/speeches/corporate/localism
Issues for Rural Communities• Centralisation or just premature – significant aspects to be delivered through secondary regulation• Sustainable development – how to ensure growth and protect the environment• Strategic v. localism – between national and local government and local government and communities• Entrepreneurship v. inclusion – impact of articulate communities and articulate voices within a community• Empowering v. moribund parish councils – should they have a privileged position in this?• Cost, cost and more costs....... Who pays?
Choice – wherever possible we will increase choiceDecentralisation – Power should be decentralised to the lowest appropriate levelDiversity – Public services should be open to a range of providersFairness – We will ensure fair access to public servicesAccountability – Public services should be accountable to users and taxpayers. http://www.openpublicservices.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/