Archives for July 9th, 1999

PROTECTION FOR STAFF MOVING TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 July, 1999

A draft statement of practice on Staff Transfers in the Public Sector has been published and consultation will continue for three months. The aim of the document is to give greater certainty about jobs and existing terms and conditions when staff move to the private sector.

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NEW ROLE FOR LOCAL COUNCILLORS

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 July, 1999

Fears of local councillors that they will become rubber stamps for decision taken by elected mayors or cabinets have been somewhat calmed by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. His vision of the councillor of the future is someone who is leading the community, meeting their needs and making a difference.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT: DECENTRALISATION OR CORPORATISM

Abstracts, PublicNet: 9 July, 1999

Fenwick J, Bailey M
The International Journal of Public Sector Management, (UK), 1999 Vol 12 No 3. Start page: 247. No of pages: 11

Discusses the effect of decentralization within local government in the United Kingdom. Focuses on whether the 1992 local government review has pushed the newly created unitary authorities towards decentralization in order to respond to new circumstances, and on the degree to which corporate management characterizes the organization of the new unitary councils. Categorizes the authorities as either corporatists, centralizers, neutrals or decentralizers. Finds that although decentralization is a clear agenda item in some of the new unitaries, a number of other authorities have taken the opportunity to centralize rather than decentralize, the choices often shaped by the primacy of budget constraints and financial limitations.

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