Cabinet-making for beginners

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|Bob Ferguson looks at the role of home owners¹ organisations in the changing world of local government.| In the course of the past few months, representatives of the Local Government Association (LGA) have worked themselves into a lather in a desperate attempt to defend their member councils from a health-led corporate takeover. They fear, with some justification, that the emergence of NHS-based Care Trusts will result in local authorities having their social services arms tied behind their backs. After much frantic lobbying, they have managed to wring a minor concession from the Government: an assurance that councils will be able to nominate elected members to Trust boards. What is no more than a tweak was immediately hailed by the LGA as the saviour of local democracy. Talk about being grateful for small mercies; only in this case, not so much small as microscopic. The haste with which they swallowed their original demands smacks more of desperation than aspiration. Could they have been seduced by the min

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