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Sub-national governance in changing times 2 nd December 2010 Nick Hope Senior Researcher, NLGN www.nlgn.org.uk.

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1 Sub-national governance in changing times 2 nd December 2010 Nick Hope Senior Researcher, NLGN

2 New Local Government Network (NLGN) is committed to promoting the decentralisation of power, public service reform, enhancing local governance and empowering communities.

3 3 Key Formal Accountability (thicker line = stronger accountability) Relationships / collaboration / informal influence Accountability & Influence Citizens Whitehall Parliament Local government Delivery agency Intermediary body (e.g. PCT) ALB Delivery agency Councils are heavily influenced by total place

4 But the coalition is devolving in order to build a bigger society 4 Key Formal Accountability (thicker line = stronger accountability) Relationships / collaboration / informal influence Significant change to status quo Accountability & Influence Citizens Whitehall Parliament Local government Intermediary body (e.g. PCT) Communiti es Delivery agency Elected Commiss- ioner Delivery agency Communiti es ALB

5 Negative localism: freedom from interference Positive localism: the power and resources to fulfil potential Does the coalition pass the Isaiah Berlin test? Positive liberties: 1.Community-based budgets? 2.TIF 3.Business rates Negative liberties: 1.Abolishing CAA 2.Removing ringfencing 3.Incentives to set 0% council tax

6 The greatest negative liberty of all

7 Some will be hit harder than others

8 Making own positive localism “What if this is it?”, Local Authority Chief Executive

9 LEPs must ensure that we target investment more strategically Strategic planning – housing, waste, energy, transport and economic development could all benefit from LEPs: Joint lobbying of Whitehall – joint voice of LAs and business Fast-tracking of the development management process Planning intelligence and ensuring integration with economic plan/assessment Removing pipeline blockages – for economically important planning applications Leading strategic policy frameworks and developing comprehensive infrastructure plans

10 We should still push for LEP powers Centralisation: Key sector development Inward investment Work programme Skills commisioning or at least steer of investment These are key economic drivers and should be made available to LEPs – many LEPs put these in their bids (skill was key “ask” and yet LEPs and LAs cut out of Skills Strategy from BIS a couple of weeks ago).

11 Mechanisms to achieve Devolution to LEPs? “Right to bid” and double devolution – on statutory footing? Who should decide? Vested institutional self-interest and need for neutral arbiter. Also opportunities through greater financial autonomy– business rate localisation – to have more economic focus Also opportunities for mayors to win powers for cities and city- region LEPs- new powers to incentivise successful referenda promised by Whitehall – what should these be?

12 New Local Government Network (NLGN) is committed to promoting the decentralisation of power, public service reform, enhancing local governance and empowering communities.


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