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URGENT TALKS HELD TO CALM BILL OPPOSITION

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The forthcoming Scottish Executive's local government bill faces opposition from council leaders and unions. ...
The forthcoming Scottish Executive's local government bill faces opposition from council leaders and unions.

Urgent talks are being held next week to hear the views of local government leaders. It is hoped the meeting will tackle concerns over the introduction of best value and duty of community planning.

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities president Pat Watters (Lab) said best value should not apply just to councils but 'to all public services across Scotland, however provided, and this should be achieved as part of this bill'.

Unison has criticised the proposals for failing to give councils enough freedom.
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