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I was interested to learn London chief executives had signed up to a rota system known as 'local authority gold' in...
I was interested to learn London chief executives had signed up to a rota system known as 'local authority gold' involving 11 of the 33 London boroughs (LGC, 11 June).

In Greater Manchester, the emergency planning process is overseen by the Senior Co-ordinating Group whose main objective is to promote multi-agency training and to ensure there is an effective multi-agency response to incidents.

Wigan MBC chief executive Stephen Jones represents the 10 council chief executives on the group.

Following the 11 September terrorist attacks, the group produced its local chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear response guidance, providing for the 10 councils being represented by one of the chief executives at the multi-agency gold control.

The 10 have signed a document which gives authority for one of their number to take action and commit resources under powers contained in s138 of the Local Government Act 1972 and s2 of the Local Government Act 2000.

Chief executives receive gold-control training and regular briefings at their monthly meetings.

It will be interesting to observe the future development of London's 'LA gold ' office following the initial grant of several hundred thousand pounds from local government minister Nick Raynsford.

David Haworth

Programme support manager, Association of Greater Manchester Authorities

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