Book News, PublicNet: 1 June, 1997

The Audit Commission has turned its attention to New Zealand in the continual search for better value for money. It found that in terms of specific VFM tools and techniques, there is little that the UK can learn from New Zealand, but some initiatives merit UK consideration.New Zealand local government underwent both structural and organisational change in 1989 and 653 existing authorities were restructured into 86 new authorities . The chief executive became the sole employee of the council and all other employees work for the chief executive. Reforms to improve the accountability, visibility and value for money of New Zealand councils include:

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