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MODERNISATION - DETR SOOTHES EXECUTIVE'S FEARS

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The government is seeking to calm chief executives' fears that political restructuring will damage their independen...
The government is seeking to calm chief executives' fears that political restructuring will damage their independence.

An LGC survey last week revealed that nearly half of chief executives thought mayors and cabinets would make their job more politicised.

The DETR responded this week: 'We have always said that the political neutrality of officers is vital and that they will continue to serve the whole council.'

Ministers are pleased more than two-thirds of chief executives said the new structures will make senior members more accountable. The DETR said: 'The principal aim of the new structures is to enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability of decision making. This survey clearly shows that chief executives believe those aims will be met.'
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