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COUNTY NETWORK SEES POTENTIAL FUND ROW

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The newly appointed secretary of the County Council Network has identified rows over funding as the only potential ...
The newly appointed secretary of the County Council Network has identified rows over funding as the only potential source of conflict between it and other special interest groups within the Local Government Association.

Stephen Campbell, the former Association of County Councils social services under-secretary appointed to the CCN last month, has made it clear that he will fight the county corner when it comes to standard spending assessment disputes with other types of authority.

Mr Campbell said: 'It is our responsibility that county needs are equally well argued with others and we would expect the LGA to take a balanced view about resourcing.

'It is important that there should be an organisation such as the CCN. There is a culture and type of administration unique to county councils and it would be a great loss if this was put at risk.'

Mr Campbell insisted the network would not duplicate the work of the association: 'CCN will not be a mirror of the LGA, but will identify its own programme of key issues and promote them within the LGA and in member dealings with government. We are a separate organisation to represent and promote shire counties in England.'

He also revealed that when not working for the CCN he will be busy training to become an Anglican priest.

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