Local government is entering a period in which it will have to fundamentally reshape the way it works to cope with heavily reduced budgets. Radical change is beginning to happen in many service areas; but so far there has been relatively little innovation in budgeting practice itself.
Two tier local government is unsustainable in its current form. This NLGN research will open up a new discussion about how to approach shire reform. This work will engage local and central government in a debate about how best to take forward this process.