Published: 24th Sep 2013

What will local government look like in five year’s time? Will councils be more open, more collaborative, or will they have been forced to close down many of their functions? We asked seven local government experts to set out their visions for the future. ‘All we need is a central government prepared to abandon one-size-fits-all prescription, government bold enough to let places that have the will and the capacity to grab the opportunities that we can now see, to match those councils that already have the drive, determination, and capacity to implement change on a massive scale.’ Thus Richard Leese, leader of Manchester council, begins our series of essays on the future of local government with a passionate plea for councils to be given the opportunity to innovate and experiment. For despite the high levels of austerity already inflicted on many local authorities – and with more to come – … (To read the full article, subscribe below)