Exciting Times Ahead for Local Government
Event: Annual Conference of the Local Government Association
for Local Government Association at International Conference Centre Harrogate
02 July 2009
Together with David Cameron, Vince Cable and Andrew Neil, Richard Scase gave a Key Note Address to the Annual Conference of the Local Government Association. He outlined what he sees to be some of the major global trends of the 21st Century and how these are likely to impact upon the future of national and local government. In this scenario, he emphasised the need for local government agencies to dramatically re-think how they provide local services by pulling themselves out of 19th Century assumptions and to respond more efficiently to the demands of citizens as these are likely to change with demographic developments, climate change and the need for more sustainable life styles. This will require a re-think of not only local government structures but also cultures and mindsets. Two-tier local government will have to disappear and shared services will need to be transformed into more cost effective ‘centralised’ warehouses of the kind common in the retail sector. Here, local managers draw upon centralised corporate resources to deliver to local customer needs. Why not local government?