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Local Government Services

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what methodology his Department’s (a) Total Place and (b) Place Shaping approach to local service delivery was based. (286522)

The Total Place project is based on a refinement of the methodology developed by the Leadership Centre for Local Government. The idea emerged from an in depth analysis of the leadership of places run by the leadership centre in February 2007.

Our planned approach to local service delivery was set out in the 2006 Local Government White Paper “Strong and Prosperous Communities”, which was in turn informed by the work of the Lyons Inquiry into the future role, function and funding of local government. The improved delivery of services through local strategic partnerships and local area agreements has been further developed by provisions within the Local Government and Public involvement in Health Act 2007, and its success is being measured both through the new comprehensive area assessment and through evidence including the Citizenship Survey and Place Survey.