Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

PROVE YOURSELVES TO THE NEW GOVERNMENT, SAYS BRISCOE

  • Comment
Councils can win the case for more powers under the new Labour government if they continue to demonstrate 'ingenuit...
Councils can win the case for more powers under the new Labour government if they continue to demonstrate 'ingenuity and innovation' despite tight budgets, Local Government Association chief executive Brian Briscoe said this week.

Promising less talk and more action on developing strong central/local relations, Mr Briscoe said: 'The task is about more than conversation in Westminster and Whitehall. Local government has to be able to help deliver the national and local priorities of safer communities and less crime, more jobs and less poverty, protection and creation of a decent environment, good housing and education, and proper care for the vulnerable.'

Mr Briscoe also claimed that it was clear that local communities 'expect their local and central governments to work together to solve the problems faced by towns and cities and rural areas'.

He said: 'None of this will be easy with restricted resources and limited powers, but if we can demonstrate more of the ingenuity and innovation which enabled improvements in service quality despite the financial difficulties of recent years, we can begin to win the case for more freedom to serve local communities according to their needs.'

LGA government relations and parliamentary officer Will Hamill said: 'The LGA is aiming to forge a stronger relationship with the new government. The precise course that we will follow will become clearer once the impact of the new government is known . . . Now that elections are over, the LGA is ready to press local government's case as a real partner in government.

'Our lobbying of the government will only be truly effective when we manage to project local government's agenda in a way that reflects what the government itself seeks to achieve.'

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.