The new coalition’s programme for government has now been released. Overall, while there is a lot of good news for local authorities in the plans, it’s clear that the new government still has a lot of thinking to do. This means there will be plenty of opportunity to influence policy in the coming months.
The first important point to note is that the coalition’s plan states that ‘the deficit reduction programme takes precedence over any of the other measures in [the] agreement’. There are three key milestones on this.
Significant cuts in local authority budgets are practically inevitable. The Centre for Cities will be holding a roundtable later in 2010 to discuss how cities should manage these cuts and we’ll be following the debate and providing analysis on it throughout the year.
As well as the full analysis available for download below, we’ve highlighted some of the main points for cities in this round-up.