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Barnet LBC and the Local Government Information Unit have joined forces to promote a national conference which expl...
Barnet LBC and the Local Government Information Unit have joined forces to promote a national conference which explores ways in which local authorities can modernise their structures within existing legislation.

A one-day conference Creating new political structures within existing legislation: lessons and current practice will be held on Tuesday 19 January 1999 at the Royal Institute of British Architects, Portland Place, London W1 from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The aim is to enable authorities to learn from the experiences of others and to test models from other European countries.

The conference is targeted at local councillors and officers of authorities which may be considering change and would find the practical, hands-on experience of others useful. The programme includes plenary sessions and a series of workshops looking at:

- political aspects of new structures

- the role of officers

- mayors and cabinets

- wider debates within Europe

Speakers and workshop leaders include: Alan Williams, leader of Barnet LBC, Andrew Slaughter, mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham LBC, Andrew Whetnall, director of local government, DETR, Professor John Stewart, INLOGOV, Viv Sugar, chief executive of the City and County of Swansea and Max Caller, chief executive of Barnet LBC.

Local government minister Hilary Armstrong has been invited to speak, and Paul Burstow MP will also contribute a keynote address.

Alan Williams, leader of Barnet LBC, said: 'There's been no end of debate about the ideas of change and the merits of different approaches. Barnet LBC has already demonstrated that a cabinet-style system can operate very effectively within the current legislative framework. Our new system was introduced at the beginning of November. We have learned a lot from this process and we thought it would be useful to share our practical experiences and to look at the experiences of other authorities who have changed the way in which their councils work.'

A full conference programme and booking form can be obtained from Caroline Coombes at the LGIU, tel: 0171 608 1051, fax: 0171 253 7406 or e-mail:

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