Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Poised for Lead Role in Total Place Finances

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Poised for Lead Role in Total Place Finances

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Councils will be able to promote financial discipline across a range of organisations as part of the Total Place programme, influential local government figures have predicted.

Joe Simpson, director of politics and partnerships at the Leadership Centre for Local Government, said the new 'star chamber" system for Whitehall, announced this week, could be a template for the new role. The star chamber will force departments to government their expenditure to a panel of leading ministers and officials, headed by the chancellor.

Simpson told the conference workshop on the lessons of Total Place yesterday that the role of councils would be as 'champions of outcomes' in an area. But, he added, it was unlikely that a single authority such as a council would take complete control of a budget covering the full range of locally provided public services. …

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