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LGA calls for place-based finance default

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Place-based finance should be the default method of funding and delivering local public services, the LGA has said.

The proposal is among nine suggestions from the group in response to a government consultation ahead of the autumn statement on 3 December, when chancellor George Osborne will update parliament on the government’s plans for the economy.

The LGA also suggested the government should devolve all funding for local growth, regeneration, skills and employment support “through councils to local enterprise partnerships in a single investment fund”.

Its submission to the government argued the current public service delivery system was “immensely fragmented”. It described a model that did not recognise economies, histories and strong local identities.

It said a “fresh streamlined approach” on a place basis would help tackle the complex needs of communities that require large upfront investment, while releasing savings to the exchequer. This approach would simplify and improve access to services for those most in need, it said.

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