In the past there have been voices of concern raised about the devolution agenda and other interlinked local government changes around a perceived lacked of transparency. The Parliamentary Accounts Committee recently commented on a number of issues around transparency that they wanted to see addressed in their report ‘Cities and Local Growth’.
The report looks at five options (including a status quo) available in the area and appraised each option against the five evaluation criteria below:-
Whilst it is impossible to know what will happen in the future, having this type of review available for public consideration is a positive move. It plays its part in explaining a very complicated story. When combined with information, such as the work done by PWC for the city and district council and other stakeholder information provided by the Oxfordshire authorities, it must surely make the public feel more aware of the changing nature of local government and understand some of the reasons behind decisions. Let’s hope that those who read it feel the same.