Simon Parker’s new book looks forward to a new era of localism in which the public will take power back from the central state. He celebrates the successes of the pre-1948 welfare era in which municipal authorities such as the GLC ran 70% of hospital provision – and he looks forward to an era in which local authorities will fund themselves from the proceeds of economic growth, aided by the Government’s decision to allow local authorities to retain all the business rates for their jurisdiction.
No doubt some local authorities are looking forward to doing just that. But what are the downsides of these proposals? Continue reading Previously found inadequate? Lessons for the new era of localism