Public service agreements could be more of a threat than an opportunity, shadow cabinet member for policy renewal Andrew Lansley has said.
If Labour is using PSAs 'as a mechanism to force local authorities to conform to the priorities, [they are] a threat', he said.
He asked if they were simply a way in which a government 'increasingly frustrated by the inability of the public sector to deliver on their priorities' was seeking to impose them.
He said council funding should be more transparent and 'local government should raise and spend more of its own money according to its own priorities'.
'Local government will be at the forefront of our policy-making in relation to the delivery of public services in the future. We will be looking to local government with increasing focus and I hope to show how public services can be delivered more effectively,' he said.
Mr Lansley praised the LGA's 'very well-prepared' post-election strategy.