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Chief will look after LGA 'family'

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The successor to John Ransford as chief executive of the Local Government Association will assume control of the whole ‘local government family’, it has been confirmed.

Under new working arrangements, the Improvement & Development Agency, Local Government Employers, the Leadership Centre for Local Government, the Local Authority Coordinators of Regulatory Services and 4ps will all have managing directors reporting to one group chief executive.

Former chief executive Paul Coen had planned to merge all the bodies into one group called Local Government Services.

But those plans were shelved after he was forced out last year.

The association’s executive has confirmed it is abandoning the plans for good but that whoever takes over from chief executive John Ransford, who will step down next year, will assume control over all bodies.

The new arrangements aim to ensure savings are made through closer working.

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