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Local Government: Administration

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the introduction of new leadership models in local government by (a) tier and (b) type of council. (221524)

The timetable, specified by the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, for the introduction of new leadership models in local government, provides that in any council with the old style leader and cabinet model, the new model must be implemented three days after the ordinary election day in the year shown in the following table.

Type of local authority

Year for introduction of new model

County council

2009

Metropolitan district council

2010

London borough council

2010

Non-metropolitan district council

2011

The Act also provides that a council operating the mayor and council manager model must implement a new leadership model in 2009, and that councils operating alternative arrangements may choose to adopt a new leadership model and introduce it in 2011.

In addition, where a council is introducing a new leadership model following a referendum, the model is implemented three days after the first ordinary election of councillors to the authority held after the council resolves to adopt the model, which must be within 28 days of the referendum being held.