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LOCAL CHANGE STILL DRIVEN BY THE CENTRE

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Internal organisation change in councils is largely driven by the external requirements of legislation and financia...
Internal organisation change in councils is largely driven by the external requirements of legislation and financial pressure, according to a study by the Local Government Management Board.

A Portrait of Change is the end result of four surveys undertaken as part of the LGMB's study of internal organisation change in local government.

The report concludes that change at the local level is prompted more by central government imposed requirements than by any other factor. It also found the involvement of elected members in shaping a council's response to change was variable.

Half the councils surveyed said 'some members' were leading the change process and in only a tiny proportion of councils were 'members in general' said to be leading the process.

In more than a quarter they were judged reluctant to respond and in 18% of councils they were said to be unaware of the pressures for change.

Chief executives generally judge chief officers as more influential in developing a council's strategic thinking than members.

'A substantial minority of chief executives rate their members as having no influence on strategic thinking.'

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