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LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEETING THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE

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Councils across Scotland are ready to meet the challenges of community ...
Councils across Scotland are ready to meet the challenges of community

leadership and the changing demands on local government, says COSLA

president Norman Murray.

His comments came as Scottish council leaders met Scottish executive

ministers Wendy Alexander and Frank McAveety at the second in the series of community leadership forums.

'Councils are the natural people to don the community leadership mantle,' cllr Murray commented, 'but we must make sure that we are fully prepared to fulfil the role properly.

'We all realise that we have to change and adapt to meet the changing needs of our communities, and what suits one council will not necessarily be appropriate for another. However, through these meetings we are able to ensure that, however we tackle the issues, we do so on the highest principles of accountability and transparency.

'The community leadership forums give us an opportunity to exchange

information, best practice and experience in wide ranging discussions with both other council leaders and Scottish executive ministers.

'We are anxious to initiate a discussion tomorrow on the draft concordat between local government and the parliament and on the draft agreement between local government and the executive, as proposed in the McIntosh Commission report,' he continued, adding that COSLA has been leading on this development through a cross-party member/officer group.

Mr Murray emphasised that councils were committed to meeting the

deadline for producing their plans for change and said that COSLA would support councils in leadership and development.

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