Managing the art of the possible

Despite the urgent issues in local government that need addressing by the new Government, the reality is that reform will be about achieving what is possible in the short and medium terms, says Rob Whiteman.

Managing the art of the possible

A new government will be in power until it calls an election in four to five years. We can speculate on the new policies that will aim to solve our nation's significant woes, for example the creaking NHS and criminal justice systems but the new government holds nearly every card for the foreseeable future. Backbench pressure is usually for second or third terms!

For local government there's a sense that Angela Rayner inherits a sector on the brink of financial  - and consequent service -  catastrophe in that Rachel Reeves has ruled out tax increases, so meaning the scope to fund demand and cost pressures is limited.

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