The Labour Party’s Local Government Innovation Taskforce launches Call for Evidence

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The Local Government Innovation Taskforce has launched a call for evidence. The open inquiry will be used to inform the Labour Party’s Policy Review. This may be of relevance to some of our members. More information can be found below.

The Taskforce’s Call for Evidence

The Taskforce is seeking your views, and has launched an open Call for Evidence requesting written submissions from all interested parties including councillors, groups and councils; community and voluntary organisations; the public sector; trade unions; businesses and individuals.

Respondents are asked to submit evidence which will contribute to a new strategy for public services based on place, built on the innovations that are already emerging from local areas and lessons from pioneering Labour councils. The Taskforce will consider how the relationships between all public services, organisations and people could be transformed if they were organised around local areas rather than institutional hierarchies.

 

The Taskforce will consider how an approach to public services based on place might produce better results in any of the following areas:

  • Boosting jobs-creating growth
  • Creating jobs and improving skills
  • Building homes and infrastructure
  • Tackling worklessness
  • Integrating health and social care
  • Supporting families
  • Supporting early years and progression through education
  • Increasing power for individuals and communities
  • Ensuring democratic accountability. 

The Taskforce is particularly interested in hearing about any of the following innovations:

  • Place-based budgeting
  • Prevention
  • Integration
  • Demand management
  • Savings and efficiencies
  • Income generation
  • Local empowerment and participation
  • Community capacity and resilience.

All views are welcome. Participants are asked to answer as many questions as they wish and submit any evidence relevant to the areas outlined above.

Download the full Call for Evidence document (PDF, 4 pages, 151KB)

Submissions should be emailed to innovationtaskforce@local.gov.uk. The closing date for written evidence is 18 December 2013.

For more information about the Local Government Innovation Taskforce, please see: http://www.local.gov.uk/web/lgalabour/innovation-task-force

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