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CONSULTANTS SAY LOOSEN CONTROLS

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Government-commissioned research on the local government capital allocation system suggests a loosening of central ...
Government-commissioned research on the local government capital allocation system suggests a loosening of central controls.

Ministers commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to examine capital financing in tandem with the revenue support grant review.

Local government minister Hilary Armstrong confirmed last week that the consultancy work has been completed but ministers have not yet evaluated the research.

She acknowledged the consultants recommended 'a move from the present complex system of statutory controls to a new system with a greater emphasis on self-assessment and professional codes'.

Local Government Association policy officer Trevor Wenman said the suggestions would match moves towards less central direction in revenue financing.
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