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LGIU TELLS 'SLEAZE' COMMITTEE THAT COUNCILS ARE CLEAN

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The Local Government Information Unit has told the Nolan Committee, which is investigating standards in public life...
The Local Government Information Unit has told the Nolan Committee, which is investigating standards in public life, that the best examples of good practice and accountability are to be found in local government.

The LGIU's submission to the committee stresses the importance of democracy and openness in preventing corruption and contrasts the anti-corruption safeguards in councils with the lack of control over quangos.

LGIU chair Phyliss Starkey said: 'When he set up the inquiry, the Prime Minister included councils in its remit. We want to make sure that the Nolan Committee understands that local government, in it openness and accountability is a model for others, especially quangos, to follow'.

She added that 'unlike quangos, and indeed central government, councils are subject to a high level of public scrutiny and regulation. There is no need to drag local government into this inquiry, except to demonstrate how real democracy should work'.
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