Sustainable local economies

The centralisation of power in unitary and shire councils has to be reversed. Principal authorities should be required to identify sub-areas of federated town and parish councils (or District Councils, deemed capable of growing more self-sustaining local economies. These local authorities would be required to develop their own collective business plan (in place of the multiple Town and Parish Plans). In return, principal authorities would be required to devolve part of their finance (on a “total place budgeting” formula), to disaggregate their service performance data and organise their personnel in support of these sub-areas, bolstering the administrative capacity and training of local elected representatives, as necessary.

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  1. , I innately bliveee that fragmentation of government content is a bad thing – I don’t want to figure out which of the 310,000 instances of the phrase “disability living allowance” is the right one. I want to be taken to the right one by direct.gov. And I don’t want different government departments spending money trying to keep each of those 310,000 instances up to date as the rules change.The last part of being a platform is transactional. Should direct.gov move into directly providing transactional services into government? We always imagined it should and would. It hasn’t so far (short of providing skins for those who do provide such services). Increasingly I think this is a step too far and that it is better for departments to be required to open up the rules for their transactions and to provide white label forms that can be used by others alongside their own branded ones. The trouble here is that when sending information to government, I think I’d want to be sure that it was definitely going to government and that there was a near-zero risk of someone else seeing it (the napster version of Self Assessment where you could briefly share tax forms caused some chaos for a while). So there needs to be some kind of kitemark or audit process but, at the same time, people have to recognise the need for their own diligence as evidence by the recent iTunes problems where compromised accounts were used to boost the chart ranking of books and applications.

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