Inspection, quangos and bureaucracy are among the top concerns that readers would like to see tackled by the next government, suggest early indications from the voting for LGC’s Localist Manifesto.
The project, supported by Vertex, is working to identify five pledges that readers would most like the political parties to include in their 2010 election manifestos. Readers have been invited to vote for their top five by 18 December.
So far half have voted for reducing inspection burdens and moving away from tick-box targets, while almost a third voted to include a pledge to “disband extraneous quangos” and a fifth called for the parties to reduce “inflexible bureaucracies that impose additional costs on cost-saving”.
Pledges to give managers more freedom, fold primary care trust commissioning into local authorities, introduce a general power of competence (as championed by LGC) and abandon the drive for more elected mayors have also proved popular.
There is still time to influence the final line-up. Voting is open until 5.30pm on 18 December: visit www.lgcplus.com/home/manifesto and click on “vote now”.