The theme of a "call for evidence" by the Local Government Association (LGA) is liberating local public sector partners to serve local people rather than serving the machinery of Government.
For example, LGA has set an agenda for Ofsted, which says it should:
■be a voice of reason rather than feeding people’s fears
■be independent of external influence, basing its conclusions on facts and research
■use expert and knowledgeable inspectors who can offer advice and support
■assess how well children are being looked after and protected rather than measuring processes and procedures
■be focused on making services better rather than on delivering detached, public judgements
Barry Sherman MP, chair of the Children, School and Families select committee spoke out about Ofsted on BBC2's Daily Politics.