The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Government have made a public commitment by way of an agreement that promotes the importance of local and central government working together as equal partners in delivering services for people. The LGA has confirmed that the Government has:
- recognised the electoral mandate of every councillor in the country;
- committed itself to being transparent in its funding of local services and agreed to work towards giving councils greater flexibility in the way councils are funded;
- committed itself to subsidiarity; and
- acknowledged the need to raise its game if it is to deliver on the new performance framework.
It also recognises that the council tax system is inadequate and that the importance of local issues expressed through local elections is equivalent to the national demands of central government. Local government's part of the bargain is that it will help to achieve its Public Service Agreements' targets and agree similar deals in every part of the country.
The Concordat can be found here.