Headlines: June 17th, 1998

The Local Government Association is re-organising to strengthen its policy development role.

Now a year old, the organisation formed to represent all local authorities out of three previous organisations representing different size bodies says it’s time for a review of the way it operates.

One change involves merging some departments so that they reflect structures in local authorities. To this end, tourism, leisure, libraries sport and the arts are married with the education brief, and housing is merged with social affairs and health.

But the Chief Executive of the LGA, Brian Briscoe, said that the reshuffle was aimed at delivering more strategic planning, and to enable the organisation to focus on its new policy priorities to be agreed by the organisation’s July general assembly.