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BRISCOE UNVEILS REVIEW TO BOOST LGA POLICY WORK

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The Local Government Association today steps up its efforts to 'do less, but better' with the launch of a review in...
The Local Government Association today steps up its efforts to 'do less, but better' with the launch of a review into how it can generate more focused policy.

In response to the decision by senior members for the LGA to prioritise its activities, the review will look at how policy officers at Smith Square can concentrate more effectively on the issues which really matter to local government and produce more positive, proactive and relevant work.

The review is not aimed at reducing costs, but rather freeing up£1m to expand further the LGA's programme of hiring highly respected authorities in their field such as Ben Page and Tony Travers to write specific pieces of work.

Making policy work more focused is part of the LGA's programme of streamlining its activites which has already seen the creation of its six boards and the agreement by senior members to concentrate on 25 key areas of public policy.

Brian Briscoe, the LGA's chief executive, said: 'Our aim is to set the agenda rather than respond to everything, concentrating on the significant rather than the routine. The review of policy is the latest step in our programme of continuous improvement - doing less, but better - and will make sure that the voice of local government is heard clearly, irresistibly and intelligently across Whitehall and Westminster.'

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