Betting the house

Think tank: Localis

Author(s): Joe Fyans; Sandy Forsyth; Callin McLinden

June 27, 2024

This report from UK think tank Localis examines local policy challenges and the 2024 general election.

Betting the House presents a locally-focused analysis of the election manifestos of the two parties most likely to form a government in 2024, Labour and the Conservatives.

However the election turns out, the incoming government must reckon with a public which demands improvement in the quality of public services in the context of tight fiscal constraints and a pressing need for economic growth to be delivered.

Local government has the potential to play a crucial role in overcoming the immediate challenges and charting a course to national prosperity, if an enabling policy and funding framework is put in place.