Heather Jameson 18 February 2015

Local government on a ‘cliff-edge’ warns Commission

The Independent Commission on Local Government Finance has published its 10-year reform plan for local government, setting out a two-speed approach to devolution.

Under the proposals, all councils would have multi-year funding settlements, freedom over council tax setting, retain 100% of business rates and rules on fees and charges should be relaxed.

However, it also calls for ‘pioneer’ authorities to be given place-based budgets over all public services and the chance to equalise funding sub-nationally.

‘Local government and the services it provides are on a cliff-edge,’ warned Darra Singh, chair of the Commission.

‘This Commission has set out a path to English devolution which we believe is the only way to save public services in an era of reduced public spending and rising demand.

‘It is clear that if we want local services to survive and support a thriving national economy, a radical devolution of powers, funding and taxes to local areas is urgently needed.’

The report also calls for an independent review before the next spending period, the establishment of local public accounts committees and a governance structure to address concerns.

Visit The MJ for further details of the report (£).

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Assistant Highways Officer

Lincolnshire County Council
£21,269 - £23,953
Lincolnshire County Council is looking to recruit an Assistant Highways Officer Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Highways Officer

Lincolnshire County Council
£26,466 - £29,174
Lincolnshire County Council is looking to appoint a Highways Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Social Worker - Children in Care

Essex County Council
£32787 - £44826 per annum + + Free On-Site Parking & Benefits Package
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Newly Qualified Social Workers - Children in Care

Essex County Council
£32787 - £44826 per annum + + Free On-Site Parking & Benefits Package
These positions are open to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW's) and Experienced Social Workers. The starting salary for a NQSW is £29,236 per a England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Assistant Project Manager

Essex County Council
£31200 - £36763 per annum
Assistant Project ManagerFixed Term, 12 monthsFull Time, 37 hours per weekUp to £36,763 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.