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ASSOCIATIONS SAY SENIOR STAFF ARE VITAL RESOURCE

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The idea of councils being full of unnecessary and overpaid bureaucrats is nonsense says Association of Metropolita...
The idea of councils being full of unnecessary and overpaid bureaucrats is nonsense says Association of Metropolitan Authorities chair Jeremy Beecham.

Responding to today's Audit Commission report on council staff pay, he said: 'Growth in this part of the work force has been in response to central government policy changes such as poll tax, compulsory competitive tendering and care in the community'.

'Paying the Piper itself says 'There are very few services in local government which cannot justify more staff. The demands on services seem almost infinite'.

Sir Jeremy added that 'local government has been struggling to cope with ever decreasing resources. But this year, there is too little cash available to meet the needs of communities and government initiatives such as community care'.
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