Dan Peters 09 July 2015

Council funding cuts risk blocking devolution gains, warns watchdog

Council funding cuts risk blocking devolution gains, warns watchdog image

Funding cuts could hamper local efforts to manage devolved powers, according to an investigation by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Examination of the first wave of city deals signed with the eight largest urban sites outside London three years ago has found some locations have already struggled to reap the rewards of devolution.

Auditors said a number of areas had found it ‘challenging to devote sufficient resources’ to benefit from the greater powers, while the likelihood of there being ‘insufficient capacity’ to manage local programmes was ‘likely to increase’ if more powers are devolved.

‘Departments’ resource constraints have impacted on the Government’s capacity to make bespoke, wide-ranging deals with more places,’ the report read.

‘The Government also needs to ensure it has capacity and capability necessary to make individual deals with places and support their implementation.

Click here to read the full article on The MJ (£).

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Principal Human Resources Adviser

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£37722 - £40869 per annum
Principal Human Resources Adviser - 1 year Fixed Term ContractRoyal Greenwich is ambitious in its commitment to residents and to service delivery. We' England, London, Woolwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Network Architect

Camden London Borough Council
Competitive Salary
The job holder will require a good understanding of security & connectivity practices in the context of Cloud services preferably Microsoft Azure. Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Transport Development Officer

North Yorkshire County Council
£39,880 - £43,857 per annum
A flexible working offer that allows you to have a true work/life balance. Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Recycling Manager

Camden London Borough Council
£41,952 - £48,663
The position sits within the North London Waste Authority’s (NLWA’s) Strategy and Services team, managing... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Traffic Management Officer - Carlisle

Cumbria County Council
£31.346 - £32.234
This role involves working within the traffic team liaising with members of the public and councillors agreeing and... Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue