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October 2011

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Wiltshire Council decided to scrap the post of chief executive as part of wider senior management reforms, putting incumbent Andrew Kerr out of a job.

LGC revealed that council chief executives were staging a quiet rebellion over DH plans to force them to sign off local PCT public health spending figures. A largeproportion said they had no way of verifying the statements, throwing realistic local budget setting into further disarray.

Electoral registration officers warned that councils could be left out of pocket by plans to introduce individual voter registration - designed to reduce identity fraud. The move was expected to cost £108m to implement and to take the annual cost of electoral registration to £115m.

Hilary Benn replaced Caroline Flint as shadow secretary of state for communities and local government.

Brent LBC won a judicial review of plans to close half of its libraries.

LGA deputy chief executive Jo Miller was appointed as the new chief of troubled Doncaster MBC.

Basildon BC won a 10-year legal battle to evict travellers from Dale Farm.

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