Archives for November 14th, 2003

AUTHORITIES NOMINATED FOR EXEMPLAR AWARD

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 November, 2003

Seventeen local councils that have modernised their services by using theNational Land and Property Gazetteer to standardise and link up their address data have been nominated for the Improvement and Development Agency’s NLPG Exemplar Awards for 2003.The awards have been launched to highlight the significant achievements that have been made by local government in this field. An awards ceremony will take place in Westminster on December 2nd, when the nominated councils will learn if their application has gained NLPG exemplar status. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Socitm, SOLACE, the Local Government Association and the Office of the e-Envoy are supporting the awards.

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THINK TANK JOINS WARNINGS ON COUNCIL TAX RISES

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 November, 2003

The local policy think tank, the Local Government Information Unit, has added its voice to those warning the government over the possible level of council tax rises or cuts in services which councils can deliver. The unit’s chief executive has said ministers must heed the message from the Local Government Association that a gap of 800 million pounds in council budgets could mean another average double-digit percentage council tax increase or cuts in services.Dennis Reed said the estimated shortfall must be taken seriously. He warned against ministers continuing to put councils in a position where the delivery of costly new responsibilities imposed by Whitehall was not properly funded, and then painting councils as profligate and inefficient as an excuse for imposing central government capping. The LGIU believes that the best way to create a real impetus for local councils to be more efficient and accountable is to introduce radical reforms that would make local taxation fairer. It also wants changes that would see local government raising more than half its revenue locally.

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ACCESS TO INFORMATION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT – THE JIGSAW PUZZLE

Features, PublicNet: 14 November, 2003

By Meredith Cook. Reproduced by permission of the Public Management and Policy Association. The Freedom of Information Act will come into effect in January 2005 after the longest period of implementation of any country. The author reviews the impact of the Act on existing legislation and highlights the way in which restrictions on disclosure will be swept away. He also suggests issues to be addressed now as part of the process of getting the Act together.

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