London councils embrace the idea of moving to Cabinet-style politics

14 Sep 00
Nearly three-quarters of London councils have altered their structures to take account of the move towards Cabinet-style decision-making set out in the Local Government Act.

15 September 2000

A survey conducted by the Association of London Government found that 72% of authorities have already moved towards one of the three models promoted by the government as part of its modernisation agenda. Among these authorities by far the most popular structure has proved to be the Cabinet with leader, which has been adopted by 80%.

The remaining 20% have opted for the elected mayor with Cabinet model, while none has picked the elected mayor with city manager.

Researchers also found that two-thirds of London councils have run pilot schemes to examine news ways of voting, the most popular being extended voting hours and the use of more convenient locations as polling booths.

The authors concluded the findings highlighted a 'general enthusiasm for modernisation in London which will make the capital's local authorities more accountable, transparent and effective'.


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