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CABINET SYSTEM PLANNED FOR SEFTON

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Sefton MBC is to introduce a cabinet-style administration after the May elections if reaction to a public consultat...
Sefton MBC is to introduce a cabinet-style administration after the May elections if reaction to a public consultation exercise is favourable, reported The Daily Post (9 Nov, p8).

The proposed change follows criticism from the Local Government Commission last year in the wake of a long-running campaign for Southport and Formby to split from Sefton.

In its final report, the commission ruled that Sefton should remain as it was, but it levelled criticism as the council for not being responsive to the views of its separate communities.

Dave Martin, the council leader, said the proposed Sefton model had been devised after studies of other local authorities involved in similar exercises across the UK.

He said the new system would provide a more open style of government which would be more accountable to the people. The initiative will involve executive councillors acting like cabinet ministers in the government.

Members of the executive board, chaired by the leader of the council, will have collective responsibility for the corporate affairs of the council. Area committees with delegated powers would be set up consisting of ward councillors and one executive board member.

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