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a right dog’s breakfast

12 March 2012

This is the opinion of one senior local government figure in relation to the proposals put forward by the Local Government Association for a draft Code of Conduct for members under the Localism Act. The LGA couldn’t come to an absolute agreement about a draft code so will be issuing two versions, described as “light” and “very light”.

The general consensus from other advisory bodies is that the second option is too open and will actually be much harder to use. However, there is a worry that because it is such a big step from the old regime’s Code it will seem more appealing to members which will lead to conflict with officers.

The deadline for the new Code has already been extended from April to July 2012 and if local authorities struggle to get agreement internally the reasons behind abolishing the old regime such as excess use of resources and lengthy processes may live on.

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