James Mitchell, from the Academy of Government at the University of Edinburgh, summarises a presentation he delivered to CoSLA on local government finance.
Author: James Mitchell, University of Edinburgh
Date: 7 July 2015
Reforming local government finance is fraught with dangers and there has been an understandable tendency to stick with a sub-optimal system for fear of unintended and unforeseeable problems that will arise with reform.
A more integrated approach to service delivery needs to take account of both vertical and horizontal linkages, i.e. central-local integration and integration across functional services. Protecting one area of current spending can only be achieved either by increasing revenues or cutting elsewhere.