The Commission on the Future of Local Government is launching its report in Parliament today (3rd July 2012) at an event hosted by Baroness Eaton. Among those speaking will be Rt Hon Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central and the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Will Huttonof The Work Foundation and Baroness Hanham CBE, Government Spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government
The Commission made two calls for evidence in November 2011 and January 2012, designed to stimulate debate about strong local government, its challenges and opportunities. It received around 150 submissions from councillors, local councils, other commissions, think tanks, businesses and the voluntary sector.
With country-wide economic recovery such an urgent priority, a central aim of the Commission was to identify how local government can take control of local growth and prosperity. The Commission argues that while the will is there, local government still needs to be given the powers and resources to make growth happen.
Through an extensive series of discussions and meetings, the evidence has been distilled into five propositions for helping meet the big economic, social, environmental and democratic challenges facing the UK in the 21st century.
The five propositions are:
Becoming Civic Entrepreneurs;
Stimulating jobs, homes and good growth;
Establishing a 21st Century infrastructure;
Devising a new social contract;
Solving the ‘English Question’.
The Commission is calling for partial devolution for England, with its own Secretary of State and English office.
The ambition of the Commission is to create a movement of like-minded organisations and people who can together tackle the big challenges facing the UK.
To bring the five propositions to life and translate the idea of civic enterprise into practical actions, the Commission has secured commitment from almost twenty major organisations including the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
There has been an overwhelming level of engagement with the Commission across all sectors and all parts of the country. We are keen that this work is taken forward and to make this happen we have set up an LGA Knowledge Hub group: The future of local government – civic enterprise approach.
To join in the debate and share your ideas, please join this group at: