Public services decentralisation

Level: Undergraduate | Grade: 2.1 | Approx. Word Count: 1,300

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The issue of decentralising power and control of public services to local authorities has been subject to much government and public debate over the past three decades, with proponents arguing that this would lead to increased efficiency in service delivery. This essay examines this debate from the viewpojnt of members of the public.

It was the Lyons inquiry that was set up during the latter years of the last Labour government in the UK (1990s) that was tasked with seeking the views of stakeholder groups on the policy of decentralisation. The aim of this inquiry was to determine the opinion of varied stakeholder groups to this strategic political change. The outcome confirmed public support for decentralisaion providing certail guidelines and practices were followed by the local authorities.