Ruminating over the year to come over the past few days I have been thinking about the range of challenges that local government faces in 2012. I was hesitating at turning this into a blog entry, but a number of contributions from others, and especially Anna Turley’s five hopes for local government, have prompted me to do so. For although Anna’s contribution comes from a particular political hue, and mine do not, I think that it her optimism is interesting and correct.
So I would like to add my own particular slant on this from my own perspective and suggest my top ten challenges for the sector, and most particularly for officer colleagues:
There are undoubtedly tens more, but these are at the core of my thoughts at present. They are general and apply to a range of current issues from addressing the implications of the Localism Act, to ensuring that the forthcoming Public Health changes are meaningful locally. They are rooted in my belief that the sector certainly needs to communicate its value more effectively to the public, and definitely needs to keep up a process of renewal and change, but does not need to be defensive or downbeat about what it contributes to the national picture.
Happy New Year all.