Modern Local Government is a unique assessment of local government reform from the perspective of both local and central government, which is fully informed an analysis of the role of the European Union. This text provides a systematic review of the reform of local government since the election of New Labour in 1997.

The Future of Local Government Finance

The future of local government finance


Finance is at the heart of any fundamental debate about the role of local government in the United Kingdom. It has two key dimensions – the relationship between local government and the state and the relationship between local government and the citizen. In the period of the creation of Modern Local Government since 1997, every reform has been directed at these two key relationships without changing the fundamental financial framework. Local authorities have been offered more freedoms and flexibilities through the Local Government Act 2000 and the reduction in requirements for councils defined as ‘excellent’ in CPA processes. Local authorities have been required to change their democratic structures and embody them in local written ...

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