CBI comments on Government’s 'community budgets' funding strategy
The CBI today commented on the Government’s announcement that fourteen community budget pilots will be launched in the UK in 2012.
Showcase pilot schemes in four areas will allow local authorities to combine resources and coordinate action with health, education, police, probation and welfare services, while ten “neighbourhood level” pilot schemes will be run on a smaller scale.
Andy Bagnall, CBI Head of Public Service Reform, said:
“We’ve been urging the Government to step up the pace of action on community budgets and increase the number of showcase pilot schemes. We welcome today’s news that four showcase pilots will run in 2012, two more than originally planned.
“The community budgets programme has the potential to transform our public services, while saving taxpayers money.
“The Government must now ensure that the pilot schemes are managed in a timely and transferable manner, so community budgeting can be swiftly rolled-out across all areas of the country.”
Read the CBI and The Municipal Journal’s recent joint report on community budgets: Joining-up, joining-in
Notes to Editors:
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