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Proposed changes to the rules governing compulsory competition for housing management and other professional servic...
Proposed changes to the rules governing compulsory competition for housing management and other professional services announced by the government today will do nothing to simplify an already complicated system or to ensure better value for the public, say the local authority associations.

Speaking on behalf of the three associations ADC chairman peter Greenwood said: 'It is hard to believe that CCT could be made even more complicated. It is supposed to be about ensuring good value, quality local services. Instead authorities are already having to spend many hours of valuable time working out what the regulations mean. We should be allowed to focus our resources on services not technicalities.'

The government proposes major changes tot he way in which the amount of work that has to be put out to competition is calculated, in addition to changes in the percentage of each service subject to CCT.

'Taken as a whole, the changes will have a major impact on the services concerned. More people are now dragged into this tortuous process. Many small councils will be drawn in, for whom compulsory competition cannot be cost-effective,' said Mr Greenwood.

Authorities will be allowed 12 months from the time the necessary orders are laid before parliament to implement the changes (18 months for finance and housing services).

'The proposed timetable is simply unworkable,' Mr Greenwood said. 'The tendering process by itself takes around a year. These changes will require crucial decisions to be made about vital services. No one will benefit if these have to be rushed.

'The government have offered further talks about the technicalities. We welcome this chance to ensure that the CCT rules are workable.'

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