Magazine article Public Finance

General Power 'Not Enough' to Encourage Council Innovation

Magazine article Public Finance

General Power 'Not Enough' to Encourage Council Innovation

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The proposed General Power of Competence for councils will not on its own be enough to enable them to find innovative ways of saving money, a government advisor has told Public Finance.

Surrey County Council leader Andrew Povey said savings in social care spending were possible, but only with direct intervention from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Education Secretary Michael Gove appointed Povey to a children's services advisory group last month. Povey also chairs the South East Strategic Leaders organisation.

In a letter to Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, he proposed saving 'millions' by only financially assessing elderly people once, and sharing the data between different parts of government.

Currently, there are separate but similar tests for benefit payments and social care services. …

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