that will support local government's ability to secure improvement in local
local government finance settlement and half of which will come from central
government, will be used to promote projects that help improve local
authorities' ability to learn from each other.
But leaders also expressed their reservation that this money may not be
enough, and called for more money to be set aside from the 2003-4 spending
review to help drive the local government improvement agenda.
LGA chair Jeremy Beecham said:
'Local councils are committed to improving performance in the vital services
they offer to local people. This means setting up schemes that incentivise
officers and members in high performing councils to provide direct support
to councils in difficulty. It also means ensuring that council members and
officers receive leadership and management training, and setting up schemes
that encourage university graduates to take up a role in local government.
It is important that the more successful councils are encouraged to share
their expertise with others.'