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Tory manifesto: the 12 things local government needs to know

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Planned reforms to social care grabbed most of the headlines on the Conservative manifesto today, but here are 12 more policy proposals with implications for local government. Click on the links for more details.

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According to the manifesto, a post 8 June Conservative government would:

1. Drop the requirement for rural counties to adopt an elected mayor as part of a devolution deal

2. Recognise housing targets cannot be achieved “without the active participation of social and municipal housing providers”

3. Legislate to require voters to produce identification and reform postal voting

4. Introduce first-past-the-post for all mayoral elections

5. Require local enterprise partnerships and combined authorities to develop local industrial strategies and put LEPs on a statutory footing

6. Consult the sector on the design of a United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund to replace EU funding

7. Halve rough sleeping by the end of the parliament and eradicate it by 2027

8. Force poorly performing councils to hand over their children’s social care services to a trust

9. Produce a social care green paper focused on improving the interface between the NHS and social care

10. Reform the business rates system to make it fit for the digital age

11. Offer no explicit commitment to continue with plans to allow local government to retain 100% of business rates

12. Make no mention of forcing councils to sell their high value homes to fund the extension of the right-to-buy to housing association tenants, suggesting the policy has been dropped

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  • Any reason why there's an error on item 11 Business Rate Retention?

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