Local government: Councils call for England department
Localism is more about what your area needs rather than what your Government wants to give you. The two things are often very different
What we don't need;
Aportuning money for rescuing rich individuals or using UK taxpayers money for foreign aid is a misuse of money that could otherwise be used for building up local English economies.
Centralized decisions do not always benefit individual parts of the country. For instance in the country outside of the cities they need good road transport where fuel cost should be much lower to compensate for the traveling distance, because in London they have an excellent public transport system and vehicle journeys are much shorter.
There are many other examples as with London needing thousands of affordable flats and bedsits to house lower paid workers.
Districts where all the road markings have worn off, the hedgerows cover road signs and the grass is six feet high. liams
Too many civil servants
Merging six government departments into an office for England would help revive the economy and public services, council leaders have said.
Local Government Association head Sir Merrick Cockell said funding should be decided by councils themselves and not by ministers.
The LGA represents 370 local councils in England and Wales.
Sir Merrick will tell the umbrella body's conference in Manchester that councils should be given more power to decide local tax rates and that ministers should have less of an influence on local decisions.
If you're going to have an England department which is focused on public services - most of which are delivered at local levels - then let those local levels take that responsibility," he added.
"We don't need endless civil servants in Whitehall."
The LGA proposed merging the Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Transport, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
It also said relevant parts of the Home Office should be brought into a new office for England. Read more;
The full list of 10 propositions being put forward the LGA's Rewiring Public Services Campaign is:
- Give people a meaningful vote on local tax and spending issues: a local treasury in every place.
- Cut red tape: bring local services and decisions together in one place.
- Reduce bureaucracy and Whitehall silos: merge six Government departments and create an England Office. The six departments that could be merged to form the English Office include the Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Transport, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and relevant parts of the Home Office.
- Share money fairly across the UK by replacing the Barnett formula with a new needs-based funding model.
- Take financial distribution out of ministers hands and replace it with agreement across English local government.
- Strengthen local say by reducing ministers' powers to intervene in local decisions.
- End flawed, tick box inspections by bureaucrats: create local service user champions.
- Boost investment in infrastructure: create a thriving market in municipal bonds.
- A multi-year funding settlement tied to the life of a Parliament.
- Protect local democracy: give the local government settlement formal constitutional protection. bbc.co.uk