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CAMDEN SLATES DRAFT BILL FOR LIMITING FLEXIBILITY

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Labour-controlled Camden LBC has rubbished large chunks of the government's draft Local Government Bill. ...
Labour-controlled Camden LBC has rubbished large chunks of the government's draft Local Government Bill.

Council leader Richard Arthur told LGC its response to the draft Local Government (Organisation and Standards) Bill reflected preliminary findings of consultation with local residents. The council's response berates the draft Bill for limiting alternative organisational models to just three: an elected mayor and cabinet, a leader and cabinet and a mayor and council manager.

Warning that some proposals will lead to 'nonsense' outcomes where councils will put proposals for a mayor to a referendum and then campaign for a 'no' vote, the council said: 'There should be more flexibility on options for new management arrangements and in how authorities might wish to take up the challenges set out.'

It calls for referendums to include other options apart from an elected mayor 'where local consultation has identified this need'.

The council's own consultation exercise, which drew a response from 1,300 individuals, found no clear support for any of the government's three models - or the status quo.
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