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NEW REPORT ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT STRUCTURES

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An assembly report on the political structures of local councils has been launched. ...
An assembly report on the political structures of local councils has been launched.

The local government and public services committee's report is titled 'The operation of new political management structures in local government'.

The Local Government Act of 2000 has resulted in changes to the way local authorities are run, in particular the scrapping of the old committee structure and the introduction of a cabinet system. The review aimed to look at how successful these new structures have been in delivering more transparent, efficient and accountable decision making. Amongst those who gave evidence for the review were local councils themselves, the Welsh Local Government Association, the Audit Commission and Cardiff Business School.

The chair of the committee, Ann Jones, said she was grateful to all those who had given evidence. She said: 'The warm welcome we received when we visited councils showed the spirit of partnership between the National Assembly and local government. The recommendations in this report are offered in the same spirit of partnership.'

A copy of the review can be found here.

Details of committee membership can be found here.

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