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LGA ANNOUNCES COUNCILS' SUPPORT FOR LGMB CHANGE

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The recent consultation process on the review of the Local Government Management Board shows a strong mandate for c...
The recent consultation process on the review of the Local Government Management Board shows a strong mandate for change, according to the latest figures published today by the Local Government Association.

Eight out of ten (79.6%) responding back the proposals of the LGA/LGMB member task group (option C) and nine of ten (90.3%) agree that policy development work should be transferred to the LGA. Seventy-nine per cent think development and training should be transferred to an arms length agency.

These initial results will be updated for the next meeting of the task group on 15 May which is expected to make a final recommendation to the LGA's policy and strategy committee on 28 May. The consultation period has been extended to 1 May as a result of the Easter break.

The results reported above are based on 136 responses received so far, including 107 from local authorities.

Len Duvall, chair of the task group, commented: 'I am delighted with this overwhelming support for our central proposal, which called for a reinvigorated training and development agency; stronger and clearer links into the LGA for pay and employment negotiations and a transfer of policy and management practice functions to the LGA.

'With the establishment of the LGA, it is logical that policy development work clearly rests with that body as the one voice for local government.

'Further changes to the way the LGMB has traditionally worked were proposed as a result of our review of what local authorities need in the future and particularly in respect of the work ahead to modernise and democratise local government.

'The open consultation process has shown our proposals to be on the right track and given us the mandate to proceed with change,' he said.

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