Headlines: March 3rd, 1999

A draft Bill on local government reform is due to be published next month. The Local Government Association plans to widen the debate and encourage other agencies to consider how they will be affected by the proposals. It has invited organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors to take part in a series of events, which will be chaired by Lord Hunt.

The draft Bill is likely to contain proposals for elected mayors, the end of the committee system and greater public involvement in decision making. The move away from the committee system will mean that the full council will no longer take decisions, but there will be scrutiny of proposals by backbench councillors. These fundamental changes to the way councils work will have widespread implications well beyond local government.

The LGA has invited individuals and organisations submit their views by 12 March – contact Mark Stevenson, LGA on 0171 664 3239 for more details.