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COUNCILLORS BEST SUITED FOR NEW CULTURAL CONSORTIA CHAIRS - LGA

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The LGA claims that councillors are best placed to lead the new regional cultural consortia as local government is ...
The LGA claims that councillors are best placed to lead the new regional cultural consortia as local government is the only sector to run a full range of culture, leisure and tourism services.

Local authorities will also be arguing for maximum numbers of places on the boards to strengthen their accountability and to ensure that they are focused on the needs of the public.

Chris Heinitz, chair of the LGA's leisure and tourism committee said: `The flexibility given to the regions to decide who joins the consortia is excellent news and stresses the importance of local cultural diversity.

`These services are vital to the regeneration of the regions and today's announcement will lead to real improvements in the quality of life and the economy.

`We are disappointed that less than a third of the places on each board may be from local government but we will strive to get as many democratically elected members involved from all political parties.'
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