Local authorities must continue to undertake their role against a background of social, political and financial challenges and opportunities including:
BrexitThe decision to leave the European Union in 2016 continues to have an impact, with emerging issues including community cohesion and workforce capacity in key service areas such as health and social care.
InfrastructureThe East of England brings significant added value to the UK’s economy and there are opportunities for local authorities to build on this track record by collectively arguing for prioritised and sustainable investment in the region’s key infrastructure needs, particularly transport and housing.
Partnership WorkingTo be effective civic leaders in their localities and to ensure that service delivery achieves the best possible outcomes for their communities, local authorities must work positively and co-operatively with their neighbouring councils, partner organisations and key stakeholder in other sectors.
Innovation and CommercialisationIn order to secure their ongoing financial sustainability, local authorities continue to pursue innovation in service delivery, as well as the adoption of an increasingly commercial approach to their activities.
Service Supply and DemandDemographic and social factors have created rising demand in critical service areas whilst the suppliers of those services face increasing financial pressure. Meeting this challenge cost-effectively requires high quality commissioning, procurement and contract management
WorkforceLocal authorities must ensure that they have a workforce with the skills and qualities needed to deliver excellent 21st century public services, as well as a clear strategy for attracting, retaining and developing this talent.
Resource ManagementThe increased reliance by authorities on their local sources of funding such as Business Rates, Council Tax, Commercial Revenue and Fees and Charges places more emphasis on having sound financial planning in place, including good governance and appropriate risk management.
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