Friday, July 23, 2010

Can the Cabinet System

The governance of local government may seem an arcane subject, but the news that the central government will allow local authorities to scrap the cabinet system and reintroduce the committee-based one is good news. Local councillors get a greater say under the committee system and it forces the council leadership to argue through policies from an early stage rather than foisting them from the centre (often at the bidding of their officers).

I hope the county and city councillors will have the gumption to go back to a system of accountability.

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