Headlines: May 27th, 1999

Sir Jeremy Beecham, Chairman of the Local Government Association, has claimed that local councils are ahead of the Government’s modernisation agenda. His claim is based on a survey of local authorities which showed that 96% have adopted measures to give the public a greater say in decision making. Legislation requiring consultation is likely to reach the Statute Book shortly.

The key areas put forward by the Association to local councils to progress are probity, community leadership, political structures, service provision and renewing local democracy. The survey revealed that 98 per cent of all authorities have or are setting up strict codes of conduct for employees and 81 per cent are launching standards committees.