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LGA RESPONSE TO DRAFT LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL

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LGA chairman Jeremy Beecham today said the new Bill was welcome but merely caught up on the many ways councils are ...
LGA chairman Jeremy Beecham today said the new Bill was welcome but merely caught up on the many ways councils are already modernising.

He added: `Local government is committed to transforming the way it works with more than four-fifths of councils way ahead of these government proposals.

`Eighty one per cent are already setting up standards boards with independent members and 80 per cent are cutting down on the number of committee meetings.'

`Eighty seven per cent now have a code of conduct for employees and two thirds have procedures on whistleblowing in cases of wrongdoing.

`Many of these changes have come about through talking to and working with the public we serve and authorities will continue to involve people in deciding how their councils should be run.'

Sir Jeremy added: `The government has set out to enshrine what we are already doing into legislation but has unfortunately failed to include the return of the business rate to local authorities which is vital if councils are to be fully accountable to the public.'

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