"Today's announcement is important in a number of respects. It shows that the potential of Total Place is recognised by Government as an approach which needs to apply everywhere - not just in the pilot areas. It also marks a change in the direction of travel in the relationship between local and central government and provides important new freedoms to local agencies. Some will feel that it does not go far enough in some areas and that, for example, there is scope for reducing further the level of ring fencing and the numbers of performance indicators. It does, however, show that Government is listening to the feedback from the Total Place pilots (and parallel initiatives) and takes the initiative to a new level. I hope those working in central and local government will take advantage of the opportunities offered to provide better services at less cost to clients and citizens."
Lord Bichard's statement on Total Place
25th March 2010
The government published today its response to the Total Place pilots report, Lord Bichard, who helped pioneer Total Place and is chair of the Total Place high-level officers' group, gave the following statement.