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'NEW DEAL' FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OUTLINED AT IRRV

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While the political parties are preparing their manifestos, local government should be setting out its own manifest...
While the political parties are preparing their manifestos, local government should be setting out its own manifesto, the IRRV in Brighton heard today.

George Freeman and Julian Wolfson of the Local Identity Agency set out a programme for local government to win itself a 'new deal'.

Local government must strengthen the local connection with communities and achieve higher voter turnout which would give it a stronger mandate.

Funding should be strengthened with capping lifted and business rates returned to local control. They proposed annual elections or referenda to prevent spending getting out of control.

Local government must also campaign to win recognition. The single local authority association will help the speakers said.

Local government is an easy target for government attacks, they said. It should fight back by actively setting the agenda.

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