Paul Dosset, Head of Local Government
CCN is a key strategic partner for Grant Thornton, allowing us to engage with senior leaders from county authorities to debate the challenges and opportunities being faced outside London and other metropolitan areas, and to test our concepts and our thinking.
We work with many county authorities as consultants, advisors and auditors. We have also worked with CCN on a number of key recent reports: Place-Based Growth, Place-Based Recovery, and County Deals: Options for Powers, Governance and Funding.
Our priorities for the coming year are supporting councils in managing change and building resilience – organisational resilience as well as resilience of the places they shape and lead. In particular we would hope to work with CCN and CCN member councils on how they ensure ongoing financial sustainability, realise sustainable growth and economic recovery from Covid-19, ensure effective management of demand led services, and in responding to public sector reform, in particular county deals. We will also be wanting to support sector led development in improving governance, where required, in light of recent public interest reports and investigations
We fully support CCN’s core campaign Leading Recovery, Delivering Renewal. County areas are the places where growth will need to occur for the government’s levelling up agenda to be successful, as the Place Based Growth report highlighted. The Place Based Recovery report set out how Covid-19 has only strengthened the argument for place-based responses to economic recovery as well as the delivery of longer term, sustainable growth to address spatial imbalances and inequalities.
We look forward to our continued collaboration.
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