Bold Steps for Radical Reform

Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter has published his proposals for giving councils more power to improve services for local people. Bold Steps for Radical Reform is about radical devolution to local communities and local government at all levels. It shows how real devolution and empowerment can deliver substantial savings of public money and drive up standards of service for local people.

The document recommends the removal of national quangos and regional bureaucracy. It proposes potential savings of between £15 to 21 billion, which is the equivalent of 2% Gross Domestic Product.

It also recommends the return of spatial planning and local commissioning powers to local councils.