Abstracts: November 7th, 2001

This report is a response by the Audit Commission to the challenges facing elected members of councils by the separation of councilor roles into executive and scrutiny. New models which the changes will bring could stimulate local government and bring greater connection with local people,
but there are key questions to be answered including how do members get the training and resources they need. The report examines concerns about the effect of the changes. The new arrangements will make councils less political party-driven, but traditional loyalties will remain strong and they could dampen scrutiny challenges. Similarly, traditional officer unity, combined with concern about progressing their careers could weaken challenges to the executive.

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