Magazine article Public Finance

Cameron Promises More Local Decision-Making

Magazine article Public Finance

Cameron Promises More Local Decision-Making

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Conservative leader David Cameron vowed to scrap ringfenced funding regimes and the other 'paraphernalia of the Whitehall control-freak regime', in a speech designed to break with his party's centralising past.

Declaring himself 'not quite a repentant sinner but... an enthusiastic disciple of the localist cause', he admitted that past Tory administrations had made mistakes, drawing many powers from the grassroots to the centre.

He vowed to dismantle the restrictive frameworks imposed by the government in recent years.

Cameron told delegates: 'We need a bonfire of the directives, audit systems, Best Value regimes, ring-fencing... that tell local authorities what they can and can't do.'

Cameron also spelt out his opposition to a reorganisation of local government, arguing that it would merely distract councils from 'the real task of improving services and increasing efficiency'. …

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