To mark the LGiU’s 30th anniversary we invited 30 contributors to gaze in to a crystal ball and tell us how councils will be different in 2043.
Dr Phyllis Starkey, former MP for Milton Keynes South West and CLG Select Committee Chair, former LGiU Chair, predicts that power will be far more fragmented by 2043 and councils will act as key brokers between organisations in determining local strategy.
By 2043 the pendulum between greater central control and increased localism, and between small state solutions and collective publicly-funded provision will have swung back and forth several times. But as globalisation increases, people’s attachment to their locality and desire to shape their own environment remains. The councils of 2043 will be using all the latest technology to communicate with people, businesses and institutions in their area and involve them in shaping the strategic vision for their area and the extent and form of local facilities and service provision.
Power will have become much more fragmented between private, public and voluntary organisations and successful councils will have asserted their role as the site of local accountability and the key broker in bringing together disparate organisations and groups in a shared local strategy. Councils will devolve many decisions down to smaller neighbourhood groups but at the same time, increasingly co-operate and work with neighbouring councils on a strategic level, in self-selecting regional or city groupings. Local government, by its innovation and mobilisation of local people, will have forced constitutional change at a national level and changed the nature of central government as well.