Uncertain future for Total Place

CPSP Director John Tizard has described the 16 place-based budgeting pilots in yesterday’s Comprehensive Spending Review
as falling “some way short” of the opportunities presented by place-based budgeting.

Local Government Select Committee Chair (and former chair of the Local Government APPG to which the LGiU provides secretariat support) Clive Betts said that there was a “long way to go”. He urged Whitehall to provide firm support. He said that the Department of Health in particular was “totally and utterly resistant . Its view is that any money spent by the department was accountable to the secretary of state and he alone was responsible for every penny spent.”

LGiU Chief Executive Andy Sawford has urged all councils to adopt the Total Place model “whether or not they’re selected for a pilot”.