LGIULocal Government Information Unit
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Dr Johnston said a survey carried out on behalf of the LGIU found 92% of councillors believe authorities should be given more money by the government for achieving high standards of environmental sustainability.
Last year the LGIU produced five research papers on issues like mainstreaming, the role of members and community leadership, and the lessons from the Social Exclusion Unit's Policy Action Teams that worked on the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal.
A joint UNISON and LGIU report (1994) suggested that local authorities which had put services out to tender had failed to make genuine efficiency savings.
Hodge Hill Labour councillor Majid Mahmood has been nominated for an Local Government Information Unit, or LGIU, award in the community champion category.
Nigel Long, policy officer at LGIU and author of the study, said, "If you want a good example of how to involve young people look no further than Swansea.
According to the LGIU report just over half of executive quangos publish annual reports (56 per cent); only five per cent allow the public to see agendas; or minutes (11 per cent); only 61 per cent are subject to a full public audit; and just three per cent must give the public access to board or committee meetings.