TITLE

Fear and trust in new localism

AUTHOR(S)
Taylor, Matthew
PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
Public Private Finance;Mar2003, Issue 71, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
New localism clearly is about relaxing central controls on how public sector organisations, such as councils or hospitals, deliver central government targets in Great Britain. Raising funds locally means both the ability to raise money for today's services and the ability to borrow for sensible investments. The current council tax system is unusually unfair. It is unrelated to the ability to pay so it is exceptionally regressive, hitting people on lower incomes particularly heavily. Foundation Hospitals probably give the best idea of what new localism will mean in practice, for example, the NHS decided to close a number of local hospitals, to achieve economies of scale, and to allow specialisation. Among other issues, this meant that travel times for treatment for chronically ill patients would vastly increase and consequently many of them would lose their jobs. The unemployment problems of the area are completely outside the remit of the NHS so they took no account of it.
ACCESSION #
12381550

 

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