B48: The Lyons Inquiry

24th April 2007.

The recent publication of the much anticipated report into local government, led by Sir Michael Lyons, comes after nearly a three year wait and brings with it a number of key recommendations that will, if adopted by the government, have some extremely beneficial outcomes for local government. This bulletin aims to give an overview of the key recommendations made by Sir Michael’s Inquiry.

It is broken into the following sections: -The first looks at how central government can play a part in reform, -This is followed by a look at what local government could, or should, be doing in order to facilitate the implementation of reforms. -The final key section looks in detail at arguably the most highly anticipated part of the Inquiry, and inevitably the most contested, Sir Michael’s recommendations for reform of the funding system.