Magazine article Public Finance

LGA Head Predicts More Freedoms for Councils

Magazine article Public Finance

LGA Head Predicts More Freedoms for Councils

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Tight financial settlements for town halls and the economic downturn might lead to greater financial freedoms for councils, the chair of the Local Government Association has predicted.

Sir Simon Milton told Public Finance at the conference that the government would consider allowing greater flexibility at a local level if economic conditions put extra pressure on public services.

'At the end of the day the government is as sensitive about citizens' reactions to services as us. If the impact of the financial downturn is that citizens need more public services but they are not available, that is going to transfer, and ultimately the government will get the blame,' he said.

Milton told delegates at the conference in Brighton, during a session on how town halls could do more with less, that times were tough for the economy, making delivering high-quality services difficult. …

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