LG Group launches regulation revolution
- Published on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 10:27
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The Local Government Group (LG Group) today (Feb 16th) launched an approach to self regulation for the local government sector......which will help local authorities strengthen their accountability and revolutionise the way they evaluate and improve services.
The seven point offer is designed to help local authorities capitalise on the LG Group’s successful campaign for the £2bn burden of central government inspections to be drastically reduced.
“Taking the Lead” will offer a range of local accountability tools to help councils and other local authorities further improve the way they gather and respond to feedback from residents, partners and community groups. These tools aim to help local authorities boost their own accountability and transparency in ways which are most appropriate to them and their residents.
The offer also includes a number of new tools local authorities can use to explore how effectively they are delivering services, including a “Peer Challenge” which will be free of charge. It will be carried out by a mixture of local authority leaders, chief executives and directors of finance, along with people from a range of organisations including the third sector and business communities.
Cllr David Parsons, Chairman of the LG Group Improvement Board Chairman, said:
“Unlike the regime of centrally imposed targets, plans and inspections we have successfully campaigned to reduce, our offer does not tell councils what services they should deliver or how it should be done. Instead, it is designed to help councils improve local accountability in ways which are most appropriate to them.
"Councils are accountable to their local residents, not central government departments. Ultimately they will be judged by how effectively they deliver services, rather than whether the right boxes have been ticked on a Whitehall bureaucrat’s template form.
“The LG Group’s Taking the Lead offer is designed to help what is already the most directly accessible and accountable level of government to become even more responsive to local residents.”