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Small is Beautiful / Innovation from the frontline of local government #gov20

Small is Beautiful / Innovation from the frontline of local government #gov20

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Small is beautiful for innovation in local government
Small is beautiful for innovation in local government

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Published by: Kim Spinder on Aug 01, 2010
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Innovation from the frontlineof local government
Glyn Gaskarth
LGIU is the Local Government Inormation Unit, anindependent and inuential think tank and local authoritymembership organisation.This paper has been developed by LGIU to showcase thoughtprovoking work on innovation. The views are those o theauthor and do not necessarily represent those o NESTA.
n this pamphlet we prole ten innovative local projects ledby rontline sta and service teams in local government.Each has improved services in their area and providedreal benets or local communities, rom reducing oendingbehaviour to increasing social cohesion. It is possible toachieve much more o this type o radical improvement in localgovernment – but only i we provide a new way to encourageand support local innovation by creating unds drawn romlocal discretionary spending.Local authority expenditure amounts to one quarter o allpublic expenditure. The next ew years are going to be verytough or local government, given that the UK Governmentis seeking to identiy savings and eciencies to reduce thealmost £155 billion annual UK budget decit and because localauthorities are dependent on central government grants orthree-quarters o their unding.The UK coalition Government announced £6.2 billion inimmediate public spending cuts in May 2010 (around 20 percent o which directly aect local government), and up to 25per cent reductions in ‘unprotected’ departmental spending(amounting to £61 billion by 2014-15) in the emergency Budgetin June 2010. I the user and communities who rely on publicservices are not to be harmed, we will need to encourage andpromote much more innovation in service delivery to ensuremuch cheaper but also much more eective services. Thispamphlet outlines a way that local authorities can lead theway in developing innovation in public services led by rontlineworkers and local service teams.

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