THE chairman of the Local Government Association is due to address public service leaders from across Devon, arguing economic growth is being stunted by the way Whitehall spends taxpayers' money.
Sir Merrick Cockell will use his keynote address at an event in Exeter to demand a radical overhaul of the way public money is distributed to deliver a fair deal for residents and boost economic growth.
He will use the speech at the Guildhall on Thursday, October 10, to launch a report – Rewiring Public Services – setting out 10 ideas to improve public services, save money and get Britain's economy growing again.
Exeter City Council leader Pete Edwards said: "These are tough times for local authorities but it's obvious that we need a new approach. The way that public money is currently distributed and spent needs to change, otherwise we will have a potential crisis of trust within our communities.
"Now is the time for the Government to come forward and give us the tools that will enable us to drive growth in our local economies."