Draft Local Government (Organisation and Standards) Bill Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence - First Report


APPENDIX 58

Memorandum by Blackpool Borough Council

  Blackpool Borough Council wishes to comment on Clause 2(7) of the draft Bill relating to the proposed size of the Executive.

  It is the Council's view that for Unitary Councils which comprise a comparatively small number of Members, the size of the Executive proposed will be too small to enable the Executive Members to adequately discharge their responsibilities, and that such Councils should be permitted to appoint at least nine Councillors to serve on their Executive. Arguably, the size of the Executive is a function of the extent of the services provided and not, in our view, a product of an historical decision about the number of elected members on a local council.

  To illustrate the point made by the Council, set out below is a summary showing the effect of the proposal in 10 neighbouring all-purpose authorities.

AuthorityNo. of Members Size of Executive
Blackpool446
Blackburn with Darwen62 9
Bolton609
Bury487
Knowsley669
Oldham609
Rochdale609
St Helens548
Stockport639
Tameside578
Trafford639
4 May 1999




 
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