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delivering good governance in local government


Delivering good governance in local government

Please note that this consultation closed on 28 September 2015

The CIPFA/SOLACE Joint Working Group on Good Governance in Local Government is consulting on a revised Framework for Delivering Good Governance in Local Government.

Local authorities are set for further reductions in government funding over the course of this Parliament. To cope in this time of unprecedented change, they will need to continue to adapt the way in which they operate. Local authorities have responded to austerity through increased collaboration; developing their role as ‘enablers’ and making further use of alternative delivery vehicles (ADVs) for public service provision.

It is therefore crucial that leaders and chief executives keep their governance arrangements up-to-date and relevant. In response, CIPFA and SOLACE are undertaking a fundamental review of the Framework: Delivering Good Governance in Local Government to ensure that it remains ‘fit for purpose’. The main principle underpinning the development of the new Framework continues to be that local government is developing and shaping its own approach to governance, taking account of the environment in which it now operates.

The revised Framework builds on the International Framework : Good Governance in the Public Sector (CIPFA/IFAC 2014). The International Framework places sustainable economic, societal and environmental outcomes as a key focus for governance processes and structures. It emphasises the importance of considering the longer term and the links between governance and public financial management – all key considerations for local authorities in today’s climate.

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