From investing £4.2bn into key infrastructure, to safeguarding after more than 150,000 vulnerable young children, or covering 86% of England’s landmass, counties matter.
County Council’s Network’s (CCN) new campaign, Your County Matters, will ensure county authorities are at the forefront of the debate on devolution and public sector reform.
Launched as part of CCN’s Future of County Public Services programme, the campaign will put forward a positive, solution-based case for our members, showcasing their ability to drive forward county devolution and public sector reform at size and scale.
It will emphasise how important the delivery of county services are economically and socially to our local communities, seeking in particular to demonstrate to the new Government, MPs, and national stakeholders that upper-tier authorities are the critical bodies for delivering devolution and service transformation in non-metropolitan areas.
CCN chairman Paul Carter said: “The referendum result has significant consequences for county authorities.
“Irrespective of this seismic change, we must present our case for empowered county governance through the opportunity presented by the changing dynamics in Westminster, with an emphasis on devolution that builds on county governance and our ability to drive public service transformation.
“The Your County Matters campaign will ensure that counties are at the forefront of the debate on how we reform public services and deliver substantive devolution in our areas.
“It will highlight the complex and quality services we provide, despite counties having to make unprecedented efficiencies, the delivery of life-critical services, and the importance of size and scale in leading infrastructure development that spearheads private investment, growth, and prosperity to our areas.
“It will showcase counties are best placed to carry out the Government’s localism agenda, with strong collaboration with district, parish and town councils at the heart of this.
“It has never been more paramount that we, as counties, stand up and shout about our achievements and our ability to deliver the best value and services for both the Government and our electorate.”
Drawing on research commissioned as part of the future of county public services programme, CCN will produce a Your County Matters report later this summer ahead of the Party Conferences.