Magazine article Public Finance

LAAs Lead the Way to White Paper

Magazine article Public Finance

LAAs Lead the Way to White Paper

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The trail being blazed by Local Area Agreements will be crucial to the contents of the forthcoming white paper on councils, the local government minister revealed this week.

'What is happening in Local Area Agreements will be one of the most important drivers of what will be in the white paper,' Phil Woolas told council leaders on January 11.

He added that his office door was open and he was keen to hear representations from across local government. 'We see the white paper as a process, not a tablet from on high,' Woolas said.

Addressing a Local Government Association conference, the minister sang the praises of the LAA initiative, which gives councils working with other public sector agencies the freedom to negotiate service delivery agreements with individual Whitehall departments and spend the money accordingly. …

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