London’s boroughs followed up the claim that they can save £11bn a year from the taxpayers’ purse with a list of public services they believe councils should be responsible for.
London is one of the so-called ‘parallel places’ - areas running unofficial Total Place-style pilots.
London Councils published its Manifesto for Londoners which contained proposals to transfer responsibility for providing healthcare, policing and welfare services to the local level.
As well as integrating non-acute care budgets of primary care trusts with those for all other care services, the manifesto proposes devolving Jobcentre Plus programmes and other back-to-work schemes to boroughs.
It proposes devolving the funding and work of the Government Office for London (GoL) on safeguarding children to the borough-led London Safeguarding Children Board, and wants responsibility for neighbourhood policing budgets to be passed to boroughs.
“The global recession has left a new environment.
Councils need more powers to help Londoners find jobs, feel safe on the streets, improve their local areas, get the healthcare they need and make sure their children are protected,” said Merrick Cockell (Con), London Councils’ chair.
“Local government has long called for devolution but our proposals in this manifesto are by far the most comprehensive, detailed and ambitious.
“We are now throwing down the gauntlet to any new government to work with us to drive forward this pioneering vision.”
London Councils commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to complete a study into the potential for efficiency savings to be made from the total of public sector expenditure in the capital.