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WESTMINSTER LBC LOBBYS FOR POWER TO GENERATE INCOME

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Local authorities from across the UK will meet to discuss future opportunities and constraints to income generation...
Local authorities from across the UK will meet to discuss future opportunities and constraints to income generation at a conference - 'Cashing in on Change' - on Friday 10 September hosted by Westminster City Council and sponsored by Adshel.

With government grants predicted to be cut over the next few years, local authorities are under increasing pressure to find alternative resources to maintain standards of services and to keep council tax charges low, as is one of Westminster's objectives.

Westminster leader Melvyn Caplan said:

'If councils are to maintain service levels we must be empowered by government to access other financial avenues. The government is limiting public sector funding and suggesting that authorities seek alternative sources but are not removing constraints on local authority powers to generate additional income.'

Chris O'Donnell, Adshel development director, said:

'The new climate in private/public relations has given us the opportunity to develop a range of on-street services from public toilets and bus shelters through to internet-based kiosks, at no cost to the public. This conference will give us, and other private sector parties, a chance to gauge client opinion and share ideas on new partnership opportunities.'

The conference will discuss joint strategies for income generation including opportunities and restrictions, and lobbying for change. A selection of guest speakers will share best practice from the Audit Commission, Central Lobby Consultants, Local Government Association, local authorities, and MORI.

Westminster City Council's 'Cashing in on Change' conference takes place on 10 September 1999 from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the London Hilton, 22 Park Lane, London W1Y 4BE. Places are still available. Contact Gloria Davis: 64 Victoria Street London SW1E 6QP Tel: 0171 641 2516 Fax: 0171 641 2872 E-mail: gdavis@westminster.gov.uk

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