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LGA leaders today announced they had secured£18m to be spent on programmes...
LGA leaders today announced they had secured£18m to be spent on programmes

that will support local government's ability to secure improvement in local


The money, half of which will come in the form of top-sliced money from the

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.'

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