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DEWAR BACKS MAJOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM FOR SCOTLAND

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Donald Dewar, the Scottish secretary, wants local authorities to be run by cabinets headed by directly elected prov...
Donald Dewar, the Scottish secretary, wants local authorities to be run by cabinets headed by directly elected provosts and to consist of fewer 'male, elderly and economically inactive' members, reports The Herald (p6).

He is due to spell out his blueprint for local government reform in Scotland during a speech to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities in Edinburgh today.

The changes are not expected until after the Scottish electorate votes in the next local elections on May 6 next year but they should be in place for the following elections.

Mr Dewar will tell Cosla: 'Only by modernising can councils lead their communities effectively and provide efficient local services.

'The Scottish parliament offers a future full of opportunity. Councils must not let themselves be left behind.

'People need to know who is responsible for running local services. Councils need to be accountable to the public and the voters.'

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