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
-- 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.'