Local Authorities To Explain That They Do What The Local Government Act 1999 Requires

Local Authorities To Explain That They Do What The Local Government Act 1999 Requires

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jonathan hobson started this petition to The government of the UK

The 1999 Local Government Act requires what is calls a "best value authority" to "make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the way in which its functions are exercised, having regard to a [single] combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness".

The sentence describes what best value authorities are accountable for - for them it describes accountability, value, good-governance, transparency, the continuous duty of leaders, and legitimacy in general.  

No authority communicates the meaning of the sentence to its stakeholders. For example, a councillor whose understanding of their role is not an arrangement to do what the sentence says, secures discontinuity between their council and the rule of law.

Authorities and their fellow travellers continuously exclude stakeholders by taking phrases from the sentence out of context - such as "continuous improvement" and "economy, efficiency and effectiveness".   Stakeholders who regard subjective ideas about these things, do not regard "a [legitimate] combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness".   See twitter thread.

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