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SOLACE SOUTH WEST CALLS FOR LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE SHADOW COUNCILS

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The south west branch of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) has written to the Local Governme...
The south west branch of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) has written to the Local Government Staff Commission expressing its 'serious concern' at the recent announcement by local government minister David Curry over the way unitary authorities would be created.

The letter comes after a two day seminar in Devon. 22 chief executives present agreed on a statmeent saying they noted Mr Curry's view that the Local Government Act 1992 is defective in not permitting shadow authorities where a proposed unitary authority follows largely the same boundaries as an existing authority.

The letter continues: 'There was unanimous support for urging you, the Staff Commission, to make vigorous efforts in persuading the government to take immediate steps to correct this defect by promoting amending legislation in parliament.

'The seminar felt that the government would have little difficulty in commanding cross-party support in government for this proposition.'

The chief executives, who sent the letter via their chairman Colin Dewsnap, added that the matter was urgent because of the uncertainty which Mr Curry's statement has generated about equitable treatment of staff of existing authorities in bidding for posts in successor authorities. 'Early resolution of this problem is essential for the smooth transition on which successful implementation of local government reorganisation depends.'
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