Following on from the consultation document issued by local government minister Nick Raynsford (LGC, 18 June), the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has set out its direction for reform across four broad themes: leadership, citizen engagement, service delivery, and a new settlement between central, regional and local government.
The weight local government carries as a community leader 'cannot be legislated for', it says in The future of local government: developing a 10-year vision.
'It must be earned, not granted, but the space must be made for councils to take on . . . this capacity,' it says.
On service delivery, it asks whether more can be done to free councils from unnecessary inspection and questions the current framework for addressing persistent underperformance.