Report launch: Hitting Reset – a case for local leadership
A case for local leadership
Join us from 9.30 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday 15 May in the Lecture Room of the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the launch of our latest report: “Hitting Reset – a case for local leadership”.
In recent times attempts have been made to recast central/local relations, seeking a concordat between Whitehall and town hall or a rewiring of central government. The goal of ensuring fiscal freedoms, widely seen as necessary to full local autonomy, has long floundered on the shoals of a diffident approach to business rates retention and a shrinking timidity against long- overdue reform of council tax valuations or devolving a fuller suite of local property charges.
Against the obvious and chartable pressures of sheer demography alone, we’ve reached the limit of incrementalist available for kicking certain cans down the road. Questions of how we reform local public services and establish strong political economies require bolder policy prescriptions than more of the same incrementalism. But what would a decisive Big Bang approach to central-local relations look like, and what changes at the heart of government would be necessary to liberate local areas in the current political and economic circumstances?
Hitting Reset is framed around three distinct strands:
- strong local leadership;
- the reinvigoration of local economies and political structures;
- a recalibration of the third era of the welfare state to reflect demographic pinch points and modern societal expectations and norms.
In seeking a place-based response, we will seek answers to the following questions:
- What would make a strong case for a fundamental rethink of central-local relations in the immediate aftermath of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union?
- Against such an unprecedented repatriation of international powers, budgets and responsibilities, how far and fast must the central government machine adapt and relinquish control in order that our regions and local areas might flex themselves to create the inclusive economies and modern responsive public services a rebalanced and harmonious realm requires?
- What would a decisive Big Bang approach to central-local relations look like, and what changes at the heart of government would be necessary to liberate local areas?
Doors will open with copies of the report and refreshments available from 9.00 a.m. The event will commence at 9.30 a.m. and run for one hour.
- Rebecca Cox, Principal Policy Adviser, Local Government Association
- Paul Dossett, Head of Local Government at Grant Thornton UK LLP
- Sir Simon Jenkins
- Chris Murray, Director, Core Cities
- Professor Tony Travers, Director, LSE London
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