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LGA LEAK REVEALS IDEAS FOR PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION

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The government should consider introducing proportional representation into local government elections, according t...
The government should consider introducing proportional representation into local government elections, according to a draft Local Government Association report leaked to LGC.

Making a difference: a white paper for local government is to be the LGA's statement on what it wants to see in the white paper expected next month.

Environment ministers have consistently opposed PR for council elections, but the report says: 'Careful consideration could be given to the case for introducing an element of proportionality into the electoral system for local government. If turnout is to increase then local people must feel their vote counts.'

Much of the report, to be published at the end of this month, is in line with government policy on issues such as democratic reform, which has caused some concerns within the Labour group that the paper is too reformist.

But it stands firm on the need to localise business rates, and end crude and universal capping and overly centralised control, which leads to 'uncertainty, bureaucracy and waste'.
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