of the Local Government Association. News today that central government
is about to start consulting on a 10 year vision for local government has
been hailed as recognition of the important roles local authorities play in
On hearing that local government minister Nick Raynsford today published a leafletin which the government is seeking views on developing a 10-year strategy for local government across England, LGA chair Jeremy Beecham said:
'Forward thinking and a greater joined-up approach to delivering central and local government and other public services are vital if we are to succeed in making a real difference to the quality of life in our communities.
'Community leadership and local services delivered by local councils should
be at the heart of government thinking and we hope this strategy helps put
local government at the top of the agenda across Whitehall.
'We welcome the government's promise to start a real discussion around the
future of local government and look forward to taking part in the debate
along with our member authorities.'
The Local Government Association will be starting its contribution to the
vision for the future of local government at a Smith Square debate taking
place on Monday 21 June.
Speakers at the event - A ten year strategy - What does the future hold for
local government? - include Nick Raynsford and Sandy Bruce Lockhart,
vice chair of the LGA and leader of Kent CC.
The debate will start at 6pm in Local Government House, Smith Square, London
SW1. For further details, contact the LGA on 020 7554 3195.