Draws together the improvement support that is available from central and local government to make it easy for chief executives, chairs and others to find the support they need
Confirms a central role for sector-led Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEPs) - the government will provide up to£185m over the next three years to enable them to commission and co-ordinate support for localities
Commits government to simplifying the improvement support for local government by making changes to the way that both central and local government deploy their improvement resources
Mr Healey praised councils for making savings of£4.2bn - well ahead of the£3bn target - but also said councils are not making the most of the support and opportunities currently available to them
The efficiency drives come with the government bidding to release£5bn savings, which can be used to reduce pressure on council tax bills or invest in local services.
Mr Healey said: “For our part, I am streamlining the support on offer, and giving money to the regions, to make it easier for councils to realise that£5bn prize by working together and changing local services for the better. But I also call on councils to play their part in full. It is now for them to step up and make these efficiency savings, as local people rightly expect.”