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1 Local government post May 2015 Simon Parker, Director, NLGN

2 Permanent austerity 2

3 Some services more equal than others… 3

4 Grounded in public opinion 4 Which services should be spared further austerity?

5 Cutskellism 5

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7 Some tentative predictions The chancellor won’t hold his nerve More money for health and social care Capital spend will become much more important Continued march of the combined authority Local government mergers Increased incidence of low-level crisis in social care A council will go bust – what happens then? 7

8 Will there be a game changer? Root and branch reform of finance system Transfer of social care to NHS Devolution of a substantial new funding block But hard to see how the politics aligns behind any of these… 8

9 Towards the future council Dash for digital Massive push for digital to radically reduce middle office and customer contact costs Move to self-service, skype, tele-health, tele-networking, online social support Health and care Councils looking for radical new relationship – merge top teams to promote joint commissioning, promote community services Some authorities looking at sub-regional combined authorities for health and social care Mini social impact bonds for families of people with learning disabilities to build social networks up to 45 – 0-25 service to reduce ALD costs. Emarkets for health and social care personal budgets De-municipalisation Big cuts parks to wild meadows, CCTV, SEN transport goes, leisure and culture go, reduced street lighting, libraries transformed 9

10 Policy doesn’t come near scale of the challenge 10

11 Wigan pier or civic commons? 11

12 Do we know how to lead in new times? 12


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