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TOWN HALL EFFICIENCY KEY TO ELECTION SUCCESS

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Forthcoming local elections are likely to centre on efficiency in Britain's town halls, rather than allegations of ...
Forthcoming local elections are likely to centre on efficiency in Britain's town halls, rather than allegations of corruption, says the Daily Telegraph (p8)

The paper defines two city councils, Birmingham and Sheffield, as 'old Labour', with Birmingham spending thousands on a race relations unit, a women's unit and an equal opportunities department and hundreds of millions of pounds on city centre improvements.

Sheffield is condemned for a £1.2bn debt incurred, the paper says, as a result of high spending in the 1980s and building facilities for the World Student Games.

Newcastle and York are heralded by the Telegraph as 'new Labour', praised for creating cross party consensus and keeping debts relatively low.

Newcastle is commended for setting up an NHS-style internal market in its own support functions. York is praised for its citizen's Charter and has been singled out by the district auditor for its financial controls and tough stance on tax and rent arrears.
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