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Reform of the local state and new learning needs


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Reform of the local state and new learning needs

  1. 1. Reform of the Local State New Learning Needs? Kevin Richardson
  2. 2. Reform of the Local State <ul><li>Abolition of RDAs, Integrated Regional Strategies, Regional Funding Allocations, Business Link, Primary Care Trusts, Audit Commission, Regional Tourism, Government Offices </li></ul><ul><li>‘ rebalancing’ of economy via Local Enterprise Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>New Homes Bonus, Business Rates Bonus, Tax Increment Financing, Green Investment Fund, JESSICA, ELENA </li></ul><ul><li>Effective renationalisation of venture capital, business support, tourism, inward investment, international trade, sector policy, transport investments, employment programmes, EU funding </li></ul><ul><li>Localism Bill for local authorities </li></ul>
  3. 3. Localism Bill: Overview <ul><li>Wide range of service specific proposals requiring legal and financial reform (especially housing). </li></ul><ul><li>More radical proposals with potentially wider corporate implications: </li></ul><ul><li>Directly Elected Mayor </li></ul><ul><li>Community Right to Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Local Referendums </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood Planning </li></ul>
  4. 4. Localism Bill: Initial Analysis <ul><li>Financial cuts as driver but not the primary objective </li></ul><ul><li>Continuation / escalation of longer term bipartisan broad trend; CCT, Best Value, Elected Mayors, Double Devolution, duty to cooperate, financial reform, supplementary business rates, Community Infrastructure Levy, Lyons Review, Participatory Democracy, end of regionalism, Total Place etc </li></ul><ul><li>Most proposals well trailored over recent months. Forthcoming further legislation / guidance needed to complete picture e.g. Modernising Commissioning </li></ul><ul><li>Setting councils fee? Cutting red tape? Over 140 proposals for new regulations, order making powers, duties, statutory guidance and requirements on local authorities. </li></ul><ul><li>Scale & scope of short run impacts probably highly dependent upon place (N/S, rich/poor etc) and existence of single controversial issues </li></ul><ul><li>More fundamental challenges for local authorities in the longer term </li></ul>
  5. 5. Localism Bill: Challenges (1) <ul><li>Integrating existing legislation e.g. TUPE? Equality Act? Who will prepare Equality Impact Assessments for Neighbourhood Plans? </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding and preparing for different implications of devolution & reform of fiscal power (wider local govt funding review, business rates) and financial instruments (e.g. TIFs) </li></ul><ul><li>How to develop sufficient social / cultural capital in all parts of the city. Ensuring Neighbourhood Plans are not just about land use </li></ul><ul><li>What future for cross boundary working? E.g. relationship with LEPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Working more directly with depleted departments of central government </li></ul><ul><li>Effective co-ordination of different internal streams of work within wider political aspirations? Some changes effectively operational prior to Royal Assent </li></ul>
  6. 6. Localism Bill: Challenges (2) <ul><li>Maintaining leadership & strategic focus of a regional capital during process of cutting budgets & people – with short term extra emphasis on service redesign & delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the changing role of councillors in relation to Elected Mayors and new community groups </li></ul><ul><li>Rethinking traditional wards and existing design / shape of community infrastructures </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding de facto finality of nominally ‘non binding’ negative and/or c onservative referendums </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability and ultimate responsibility for outsourced services </li></ul>
  7. 7. New Learning Needs <ul><li>New educated & skilled middle aged cohort of unemployed with higher propensity to learn and/or start a new business; see Banksearch database </li></ul><ul><li>Building new capacity of workforce to deliver e.g. via mutuals </li></ul><ul><li>Managing reform of service design e.g. cross boundary mergers </li></ul><ul><li>Building social / cultural capital for new purposes in all places and for different groups </li></ul><ul><li>Development, appraisal and management of risk based investments </li></ul><ul><li>Building new relationships with depleted central departments of government </li></ul><ul><li>Learning from similar local political systems elsewhere, especially U.S.A. </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership and managing difficult situations </li></ul>
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