By Jacqueline Barron
An exploration of the hyperlink among the private and non-private worlds of neighborhood politicians utilizing fabric from thousands of hours of private interviews with political activists and their companions. The ebook matters itself with the person on the centre of this predicament - the councillor.
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The Local Government and Housing Act 1989 Introduction 21 continued the trend of gtvmg to the Secretary of State the discretion to make regulations which defined the detailed provisions of the legislation. As a result, the large amount of this 'secondary legislation' that has emerged has not been subject to full Parliamentary scrutiny and debate and, in many instances, has been beyond the capacity of the civil servants at the Department of the Environment to execute in the limited time available.
These changes are related, since a high proportion of women work as teachers or other local government employees. Nevertheless, there is no authority on which the proportion of women even approaches that within the population as a whole. Gyford points out that the differences between type of authority in respect of gender, age and employment status of councillors are overlaid by party differences (Gyford et a!. 1989). Younger members, women and those in manual occupations are found in larger numbers on councils where Labour is the majority party.
Changes in these respects (which we look at in more detail in later chapters) could then mean that manual workers, women and the unemployed could take their place beside public sector employees and self-employed business men on local authorities throughout the country. The turnover of councillors The dramatic increase in contested elections, resulting from increased involvement of political parties in local government has influenced directly the rate of turnover of council membership and the continuity of members' experience on councils.
Councillors in Crisis: The Public and Private Worlds of Local Councillors by Jacqueline Barron