Financing local democracy
B&NES LA should not remain silent in the face of intolerable financial pressures and limitations but exercise its democratic right to campaign for a substantial increase in the grant supplied by central government and the ongoing freedom to set its own level of council tax. In doing so it should seek the support of other LAs, individually, regionally and if possible through the LGA.
Why the contribution is important
For years local authorities have been deprived of the funds necessary to carry out even their basic responsibilities. Government contributions have shrunk in real terms, while those responsibilities have greatly increased.
Government has also curtailed LAs' right to set their own levels of Council Tax, bringing many to the brink of bankruptcy and putting even their most essential services at risk, let alone any visions for the future.
Since they constitute a key plank of democracy, LAs should excercise their democratic right - and duty to those they serve - to convince central government of the need for realistice funding, and for the freedom to formulate and carry out their own policies. It will increase the efficacy of their representations if they do so collectively.
If we take our Council's consultation and vision seriously, it is essential to ensure that the necessary funding is in place for it to become reality, so meeting the needs of those who live within its bounds and contributing to the much needed transformation of our country.
by dianamfrancis on December 31, 2020 at 04:06PM