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.
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.'