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LGA TO SHOW THAT FORCING COUNCILS TO ADOPT CHANGE IS UNNECESSARY

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The Local Government Association has said it will 'come out fighting' in response to today's draft Local Government...
The Local Government Association has said it will 'come out fighting' in response to today's draft Local Government Bill and publish evidence that 81% of councils are already beginning to modernise their structures.

The Financial Times (p10) reports that Hilary Armstrong, the local government minister, will says that under the new Bill city mayors be elected under a form of proportional representation.

The draft Bill will end the 19th century 'committee model', which will be replaced by the adoption of executive mayors or executive cabinets.

But the LGA says: 'It is not a question of local government having to be dragged kicking and screaming into accepting change.'

Although few councils intend to introduce directly elected mayors, many plan to achieve executive-representational splits through local cabinets.

LGA research shows that in some authorities this includes radical plans to scrutinise decision makers and involve the public and onther local interests in council business.

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