Over the summer of 2016 we published a series of essays online which looked at the future for devolved local government.
The essays look to a future with an even more independent local government with clear powers, clear vision and a clear role in driving prosperity and ambition locally. There are seven chapters looking at:
- Sovereignty: A look back at pre-war local government to make the case for a more muscular municipalism.
- Creative destruction: The need for a better narrative about democratic renewal in our devolution plans.
- A written constitution: The need for a constitutional settlement in a post-European age which establishes clear and un-erodable powers for local government.
- The financial future of local government, including a more solid fiscal base and new forms of taxation.
- Local leadership: The potential for more impressive and diverse local leadership in a devolved system and the support these leaders will need.
- At the centre of local economic life: A more aggressive and innovative role for local government in promoting local growth.
- Global participation and leadership of British local authorities.
Future Local is now available to download in one PDF. The online essays can be viewed on Social Shorthand.