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KERLEY SIGNIFICANT IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT MODERNISATION AGENDA

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The Kerley Report on Renewing Local Democracy has been described as a ...
The Kerley Report on Renewing Local Democracy has been described as a

significant contribution to the debate on the future of local government by COSLA's president, Norman Murray.

Commenting following publication of the Kerley Report today

cllr Murray said that it was important to remember that it was all

about involving more people in councils, whether as elected members or as voters.

'That has been recognised by the working group - recommendations on widening access to local government make up by far the bulk of the report's 36 recommendations.

'The working group was genuinely impressed by how much good work is already going on in councils to keep up with the demands of society in the 21st century. I believe that to maintain that impetus it is important that more people should not only be encouraged, but be able, to take part in councils' work in shaping our communities in the future.'

He continued: 'I am well aware that there are many people who, for very practical reasons, would or could never consider seeking election to their local council - I hope that the proposals for support, back-up and training will encourage them to think again.

'This is about far more than what we pay our councillors or how we vote for them,' he stressed, 'this is about making local government more accessible and involving the people of our communities in the democratic decision-making process as much as they want.'

Mr Murray said that councils across Scotland would be debating the

issues raised in the Kerley report over the summer and that COSLA would be leading the debate with a special seminar for council leaders, followed by a series of regional seminars across Scotland to discuss the report.

And he added: 'The recommendations in the report have wide ranging

repercussions for the future of Scottish local authorities and COSLA needs to consider them in great detail before coming to its conclusions.'

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