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YORK SAYS CABINET WILL MEAN MORE OPEN DECISION-MAKING

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City of York Council's leader, Rod Hills, has promised that plans to introduce a cabinet system would include measu...
City of York Council's leader, Rod Hills, has promised that plans to introduce a cabinet system would include measures to make sure the authority did not turn into a 'one-party state', reports The Yorkshire Post (p8).

The new system is due to come into operation for a one-year trial period in May, and Mr Hills insisted that the system would be more open than the models proposed by the government and would not stifle opposition parties.

He said: 'The government is allowing councils to have discretion on the amount of information they make available. The cabinet could meet in private and not consult anyone but we have gone further than the government suggests in the [Local Government] Bill in terms of access to information.'

'We have introduced safeguards such as giving opposition parties resources to use as they see fit, in the interests of democracy. Failure to do so would mean you could be making a one-party state.'
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