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Local government II
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This chapter considers whether recent developments have suggested it might be possible to discern some kind of revival for the local government in Britain. There have been a number of signs, both from the earlier 1990s and since the Labour victory in 1997, which suggest local government has begun to reverse the slow decline which characterised it in the latter half of the twentieth century. In 1999, Labour passed a new Local Government Act, which introduced 'Best Value' which is a system whereby targets are set for efficient delivery of services. Another act was passed in 2000 to provide a cohesive ethical code for the guidance of councillors as well as pave the way for economic development. Additionally, citizens can also refer their case to the Commissioner for Local Government or 'Ombudsman'. The chapter discusses political innovations introduced by local governments to solve problems such as new forms of voting.

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