Abstracts: July 16th, 2003

The improvement process in local government is being supported through the Capacity Building Programme that has a budget of 27 million pounds. The programme includes helping councils to develop the mix of skills and expertise needed to take advantage of the greater freedoms and flexibilities and new powers available through the Local Government Bill. It has been developed around the key themes of: peer support; support for improvement planning, leadership and change management, recruitment and retention, middle management development, making the best use of scarce skills; and support for District Councils. The paper sets out what facilities are available now and how councils can make use of them.Published by The Local Government Association and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and available at