Local Area Agreements (LAAs) now provide the framework for agreeing priorities between central and local government and are aimed at giving local authorities more flexibility in finding local solutions and meeting local needs. This has had a huge impact on the relationship between central and local government and the way that local authorities fund and deliver local public services.
In this issue of Groundwork Today we examine some of the issues surrounding delivering these local public services.
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