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LGIU GIVES EVIDENCE TO NOLAN

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Local Government Information Unit's director Dennis Reed and chair Phyllis Starkey have given evidence to the Nolan...
Local Government Information Unit's director Dennis Reed and chair Phyllis Starkey have given evidence to the Nolan Committee study into local government.

They explained the unit's views on:

-- greater self regulation by councils rather than centralised government controls

-- enhancing accountability through improved access to information and greater rights for citizens

-- the need for accountability and openness to apply to contractors and local authority companies

-- better support and training for councillors

-- the abolition of surcharge as it is and its replacement with criminal penalties in some instances

-- no increase in central control over local government

LGIU director Dennis Reed said:

'The LGIU believes that there should be a strong national statutory framework to prevent corruption and malpractice, and to provide the public with accessible sources of complaint and redress.

'However, increased regulation should not be a means of restricting legitimate local democratic choice and diversity.'

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