Posted on 29-06-20 by David R. Number of votes: 0 | Number of comments: 0

1. Establish regional authorities with high autonomy to direct public spending to meet regional housing, transport and other priorities. Establish forums of local community groups and / or their direct input into local authority structures.

2. National and local government exist to meet the needs of the public. When national government fails to supply adequate funding, local government should be able to compel a general election. This would quickly mitigate the arrogance of London-based elites.

3. Establish regional authorities to agree and co-ordinate regional infrastructure priorities. Use the examples of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which place decision-making closer to their local publics.

4. Use digital communications in conjunction with adequate staffing in local government to make services responsive to public need. Use the examples of third world countries in Africa, Asia and South America, where mobile phone usage has become central to everyday life and business.

5. Central government can direct the Bank of England to issue all necessary funds to meet local government service levels. Spent on employment in local services this will generate spending and prosperity in local communities, and tax revenue at the IMF multiplier rate of 1.3 which will recoup the initial BoE outlay.

Referring to: Housing, Local Government and Transport

The Housing, Local Government and Transport Policy Commission develops Labour policy concerning local government and devolution, housebuilding and the housing sector, and Britain’s transport infrastructure and services.

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