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LABOUR LOOKS FOR SCOTTISH QUALITY

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Scottish Office minister Calum MacDonald has signalled the government's determination to reform local government ma...
Scottish Office minister Calum MacDonald has signalled the government's determination to reform local government management in order to attract high-quality council candidates.

In an exclusive interview for LGC this week, Mr MacDonald is enthusiastic about moving to a cabinet style of local government where cabinet members receive special responsibility allowances.

'We would be able to get past this point where the only people able to participate in local government are those able to spend an enormous amount of time locked in committees endlessly discussing details,' he said.

City of Glasgow Council leader Frank McAveety puts the case for elected provosts, and John Fairley, Grampian chair of public policy at Robert Gordon University, argues that Scottish Office controls over local government need to be relaxed.
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