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Local Government Responsibilities: Public Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:04 pm on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of David Simmonds David Simmonds Conservative, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner 4:04 pm, 18th March 2020

Does my hon. Friend agree that that is a clear illustration of why we need to have the maximum possible flexibility for local authorities in deploying these resources at a local level? Those examples of creativity and innovation are replicated by local authorities across the country, but local circumstances vary enormously. Does he agree that we must encourage the Minister to take the view that the more flexibility and less bureaucracy there is for local authorities in using that money effectively at a local level, the more value we will extract from it in delivering for our residents?