Level measures

Think tank: Localis

Author(s): Joe Fyans; Callin McLinden

July 5, 2023

This report from UK think tank Localis looks at a modern agenda for public service integration.

Perhaps the greatest of the myriad challenges facing local government is the continued delivery of local public services against the headwinds of rising inflation and inexorable demographic pressures. With the dozen missions outlined in the Levelling Up White Paper due to be enshrined in law, and all relying on not just the upkeep but the improvement of local public services, there are serious questions of capacity to be addressed. How well equipped are England’s local authorities to navigate the twin tasks of reformed local service provision and successful placemaking in the short and medium term? And, looking beyond the immediate crisis-laden context, are we able to sketch a more hopeful vision for our localities and ascertain what might be achieved through more effective and harmonious public service integration?