‘Wigan’s journey shows that it is possible to achieve substantial savings while protecting or improving outcomes, but only if services are genuinely transformed.'
In rural areas, wealthy second homeowners are avoiding making any contribution to local coffers by registering their properties as businesses eligible for rate relief.
'We are now looking for bold plans – projects that demonstrate real ambition to deliver positive change within the communities.'
'Social enterprise is more than a ‘nice thing’ to have, it is also a way to boost the economic impact of grant funding.'
'The fund should be made available to the people and places which need it most.'
‘There are a number of programmes available to support struggling towns which are either in place or under development,' the report states.
'To meet the challenge of growth post-Brexit and to harness the latent power of technology, there is growing recognition that we have to turn the dial to accelerate knowledge-led innovation.'
'We are very much encumbered by planning constraints and poor understanding of how rural economies work.'
The authority has been wracked with financial problems with some predicting that the Games could bankrupt them before they even reach the finish line.
'We’ve got to work out what our USP is'