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PRESSURE TO REVITALISE AS COUNCILS APPROACH POLLS

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The Financial Times (p9) runs a short feature on the pressure facing local government as councillors prepare for ne...
The Financial Times (p9) runs a short feature on the pressure facing local government as councillors prepare for next month's English council elections.

Local authorities have had to deal with six government green papers in recent weeks calling on them to modernise the way they operate, part of what local government minister Hilary Armstrong describes as the route to a revitalised and more effective local government.

Ministers are considering various schemes to interest voters in local politics, including annual elections which would involve the retirement in rotation of a proportion of a council's members.

Interest in this year's elections, on May 7, will focus on London, says the paper, as polling for all seats on borough councils will coincide with a referendum on the government's plans for a directly elected mayor and a 25-strong London-wide assembly.
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