This report sets out an interesting vision where creativity and collaboration are at the heart of what local government stands for.
Local Government's public approval rates have stood up well to the challenge of austerity but there are clear signs of deterioration in adult social care, childrens' services and housing provision as well of course the perennial and worsening grumbles about potholes.
Collaboration between public services has always been a challenge for UK PLC. Creativity can be difficult for any large organisations full of bureaucratic process. The report sets out an interesting vision. If local government could deliver this it would be an amazing achievement. It will I suspect, only be something we could measure deep into the 2020s.
Radical reinvention is needed in local government or its future might come into question, a think-tank has warned. The New Local Government Network said in its paper A Changemaking Vision for Local Government, released yesterday, that the most innovative parts of the sector already pioneered new approaches but the whole of local government now needed to grasp this without waiting for ministers to tell them to. The paper, by NLGN director Adam Lent and deputy director Jessica Studdert, argued that a major cultural shift was needed “towards three core values: creativity, collaboration and self-determination”. They said governments had “preferred to kick the can further down the road” rather than resolve major problems like social care and housing “more often than not for fear of the electoral consequences”. Even though solutions had long been identified by independent inquiries and experts these had been ignored or watered down beyond recognition by governments.