The government has done much in recent years to drive forward public service reform across areas such as education, welfare and health. Good Conservative local government is also doing its bit as regular readers of these pages will know including my own council and its Tri-borough partners where we have driven through savings, streamlined processes, joined up services and introduced early intervention schemes so that we can deliver better, more efficient and more responsive services to the people we serve.
Local government is also influencing the national reform agenda. The Budget, for instance, highlighted evidence from the Whole Place community budget pilots that will help shape some of the key principles of the spending round - smarter ways of delivering better outcomes for less, putting local knowledge at the heart of Whitehall decision making; and far more emphasis on joint working across the local public sector.
This work at the local level is also being increasingly acknowledged by those in Whitehall. Greg Clark recently wrote here how central government could learn lessons from the reforming zeal of Conservative town halls.