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Spelman Supports Total Place Programme

Magazine article Public Finance

Spelman Supports Total Place Programme

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The shadow communities secretary has given enthusiastic backing to the local government collaboration programme, predicting it will 'eclipse' previous partnership schemes.

Caroline Spelman told a New Local Government Network seminar that Total Place, currently being trialled in 13 local authority areas, will render irrelevant current schemes to encourage collaboration on a local level.

'This has been tried before - we had Local Area Agreements, which were designed to get the budget holders round the table,' she said. 'We had the Sustainable Communities Act. Now we have Total Place. Why will this succeed where other efforts have failed? It's because the Treasury is behind it'

Spelman told the November 9 session how the Department for Communities and Local Government had previously been unable to influence the decision-making of other parts of Whitehall, such as the Department of Health. …

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