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Future of LocalGov: Local government in 2020: challenges and opportunities

Original article published on The Guardian Local Government Network

Courtesy of The Guardian Local Government Network

How will councils clear the hurdles they face, from scarce resources to making the most of social media?
There are a host of challenges that face local government in the 21st century: delivering services; lack of finance; managing staff; engaging citizens; forming new partnerships; and, rapidly evolving technologies and socio-economic demographics.

So where will we be in 2020? Will we continue to see an erosion of council authority, capacity and service delivery? Will markets prove capable of filling the gaps? Or, will we see a reassertion of the importance of local government, with new models for regional integration, public finance and services that emphasise a public role? Here are some of my speculations.

In spite of the coalition government’s bold rush toward privatisation of public goods and services, the profit-driven model will prove insufficient to tackle the complexity of problems and services required. The needs of citizens and communities will require co-ordinated services that will lead to a stronger recognition of the role of local government – and the eventual need to rebuild its capacity.
However, this will require local government to… Click here to read the full article.

Topics covered by this article:

  • Rethinking revenues
  • Restructuring labour relations
  • Citizenship and participative governance
  • Social economy and private providers
  • Making best use of social media
  • Taking the lead

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