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Prospectus on efficiency published

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Local government minister John Healey today unveiled a prospectus on efficiency, the latest step in the national improvement and efficiency strategy.

The prospectus

  • 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.”

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