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WESTERN ISLES COUNCIL UNVEILS WIDESPREAD REFORM PLANS

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Proposals for widespread reforms of the management structure of the Western Isles council were published yesterday ...
Proposals for widespread reforms of the management structure of the Western Isles council were published yesterday in a consultation paper by chief executive Brian Stewart, reports the Scotsman (p4).

No final decisions have been taken but the proposals were approved in principle at last week's full council meeting and there will be consultations with senior staff, council trade unions, other bodies in the Western Isles and the general public.

The document proposed that the present 12 departments should be reduced to eight and is a response to public criticism that the council's management structures are top heavy.

The council was one of Britain's main victims of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal, which resulted in the bank's enforced closure in July 1991, bringing a loss of £24m for the Western Isles, the Scotsman reports.
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