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AUDIT REPORTS HIT WRONG NOTE

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The Audit Commission's reports on white-collar staffing lay themselves open to misuse and misinterpretation, the lo...
The Audit Commission's reports on white-collar staffing lay themselves open to misuse and misinterpretation, the local authority associations have claimed.

Paying the Piper, leaked in LGC last Friday, says councils could save £500 million by better management of staff and pay. Calling the Tune examines performance management techniques.

The associations feared the savings claim would wreck their attempts at yesterday's Consultative Council for Local Government Finance to emphasise to ministers the severity of this year's funding settlement. 'Any idea that local government is stuffed with unnecessary and overpaid bureaucrats would be nonsense,' said Sir Jeremy Beecham, speaking for all the associations.
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