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COSLA CONFERENCE - REVIEWERS WILL LOOK AT FINANCE

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The independent commission set up to review local government relations with the Scottish parliament would not be cr...
The independent commission set up to review local government relations with the Scottish parliament would not be credible if it did not address the financing of local government, its chairman told the conference.

Former Strathclyde RC chief executive Neil McIntosh said the commission respected the clear direction from the government that it was not expected to come up with a blueprint for reformed local taxation.

But the commission would inevitably make recommendations about finance as part of its examination of how effective local government could be in the new framework, Mr McIntosh said.

'That is not departing from our remit. It is important for the credibility of the work we do that we recognise finance has a major impact upon the standing of local authorities and the way in which they operate,' he said.

Scottish secretary Donald Dewar had earlier responded to repeated criticisms from delegates and speakers that the commission's remit did not include finance.

The decision was partly due to the comprehensive spending review and to a feeling that 'the agenda was already crowded for McIntosh', Mr Dewar said. 'We took a balanced judgment and I can't really reopen it now.'

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