Council leader slams RDA

The Liberal Democrat leader of Liverpool City Council has dismissed the North West Development Agency as another “money-wasting bureaucracy”.

Speaking at a fringe meeting at the party’s Bournemouth conference, Warren Bradley backed party plans to axe all regional development agencies to save £2.3 billion a year.

He said: “The amount of money wasted on bureaucracy and through having tiers of governance is phenomenal.

“The Northwest Development Agency has done lots of good for Liverpool, Manchester, Cumbria and the whole of the North West.

“But, if we want to be like private-sector businesses - and we are always being told to run our cities like businesses - we have got to cut out the middle-man.

“We are told that we have got to slash public spending. One way to do that is for the RDAs to go and to deliver this funding directly to local authorities.”

He pointed to the lesson of Scotland, arguing that councils there felt “spoiled like kids in a sweet shop” by having control of development funds.

And he dismissed fears that town halls would spend the money on pet projects, or on expensive services such as social care, arguing: “We have got to trust city leaders.”

 

Go to the original article here

News Publications Events

Budget 2014: another reason for authorities to embrace disruption
by Paul Bradbury, LGC

Do we stick with self service?
by Alex Thomson, in the MJ

Maude praises the Barnet Formula
by Harry Phibbs, Conservative Home

Council 'delivers' despite challenges
by Jamie Hailstone, the MJ

archive

Meeting the challenge in Barnet
Posted in Reform and Personalisation of Public Services

Making the Most of Public Land
Posted in Reform and Personalisation of Public Services

New Call for Evidence: Utilities and Development
Posted in Planning, Housing and Growth

Changing Places
Posted in Local Governance and Organisation

archive

  • "Localis is fast gaining a reputation for pre-empting the localist agenda, producing thought provoking research and practical policy ideas"Anthony Seldon, author and political commentator
  • "Localis’ commitment to decentralisation crosses party boundaries, and their research illuminates policy problems with new practical thinking"Prof George Jones, LSE
  • "Localis offers a great blend of a passion for innovation, grounded practical ideas and unswerving belief in the possibilities of local governance"Derek Myers, Chief Executive, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

more

Sponsor a Localis eventDownload our brochure
sign up for newsletter and event invitations