Monday, November 10, 2008

Trust: this year's "X" Factor - 2

I wonder if the Interweb will feature in the thinking? Do hope so. Social networks & all that...

The Committee on Standards in Public Life today announced that the subject of its twelfth inquiry is to be ‘Local Leadership and Public Trust: Accountability and Transparency in London and Local Government’.

Announcing the inquiry, Sir Christopher Kelly, Chair of the Committee, said:

“We are keen to look at the new structures put in place at the start of the decade to see whether they have achieved their goals of promoting better leadership, greater accountability, raising standards and improving public trust. As well as looking at the Mayoral system in London, we will be looking at the other twelve directly elected Mayor models, the Cabinet system within some local councils, and the Committee structure found in others, to see how they work within the constitutional and ethical landscape.

“It seems to us that this is the right time to take a look after eight years to see how decisions are made, scrutinised and explained to people. We will want to assess how well local government structures reflect, both in theory and in practice, the Seven Principles of Public Life.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life press office.

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