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The Local Government Information Unit has won a research contract for an important study of the role of the backben...
The Local Government Information Unit has won a research contract for an important study of the role of the backbench councillor within the cabinet model of local government.

The research, which will take place over the summer, will form part of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's policy and practice development programme. This JRF project aims to develop models for working with frontline councillors that can be replicated more widely through a programme of national and locally based activities. This will be achieved by undertaking a study of five local authorities where the LGIU will examine how they engage their front-line councillors in decision-making.

Tracy Gardiner, LGIU policy officer, said: 'The objectives of this research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation are important for taking forward the LGIU's agenda for developing the role of the frontline councillor. This is both in terms of skills building and in feeding recent experiences of people on the ground into the longer term reform of local government.

'The LGIU is keen to support all authorities in which the roles of councillors is taken seriously, whether they be executive or frontline. Whilst much attention has naturally focussed on executive members under the new constitutional arrangements, we are keen to establish how local front-line councillors are really making a difference. Our research will focus on the ways in which front-line councillors are able to influence decisions and how best local councils can support them to do this.'

Further information on the JRF research project on backbench councillors can be found here.

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