Locality letter to the Prime Minister: put local services in the hands of local people
Locality is among 10 signatories in a letter sent this week to the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
The letter, which can be read in full here responds to a recent speech made by the Prime Minister on developing a smarter state.
In the letter we call upon the Government to put local services in the hands of local people as part of the Spending Review.
Our proposals include:
– increasing the potential for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to deliver public services
– strengthening the local delivery of services through supporting community ownership and management of assets
– ensuring voluntary and community organisations are involved in local planning processes and devolution settlements.
Tony Armstrong, CEO of Locality said: “We have written this letter to offer proposals to make these ambitions a reality. With the Spending Review mere weeks away, it is vital that the role of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations are not overlooked.
“Our Keep it Local campaign is all about making sure that services are run at a scale that involves communities and that are focused on supporting people’s needs. In order to as the Prime Minister states in his speech ‘put services in the hands of local people’ we have laid out proposals to help deliver these ambitions”.
Signatories include NCVO, CFG, Small Charities Foundation, WCVA, Social Enterprise UK, acevo, Big Society Capital and Navca.