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Are community budgets really anything new?

Tuesday 28 May 2013


‘Partnerships’, ‘collaboration’, ‘focusing on citizens not services’ – all familiar in the world of public service redesign, and all central to the government’s recent community budget pilots. But before we all conclude that this is more of the same, it’s worth looking at what the pilot sites have to say about it.

For many of those directly involved in Greater Manchester, Essex, West Cheshire and London’s Tri-borough, community budgets are genuinely driving change and promising to reduce cost. They are improving the use of data in relation to investment decisions, they are changing the nature of conversations within and between local agencies and government, and they’re also changing the shape of services on the ground. So what is it that makes them different to what’s gone before?

Read the full article on the LGC website (£)