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COMMONWEALTH - SETBACK FOR SCOTTISH PARTNERSHIPS

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Local government reorganisation in 1996 diminished Scotland's contribution to international activities, senior coun...
Local government reorganisation in 1996 diminished Scotland's contribution to international activities, senior council figures from across the Commonwealth heard this week.

Addressing the opening day of the Commonwealth local government conference in London, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities president Norman Murray said reorganisation particularly hit the well-developed international links fostered by the former Strathclyde RC.

He said: 'The impact . . . was to lose the experience of the senior staff such as those of Strathclyde International [the council's overseas development unit] and disperse the remaining staff to various unitary authorities. In general terms the loss of many experienced staff in this type of work across all councils, as well as both priority and budgetary constraints, has served to set back Scottish local government in its participation in international partnerships and development.'
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