Speaking at a Housing Choice conference in London, Sir George said: 'Our objectives for housing management CCT are clear. We want to improve the standards of council housing management, the quality of services and value for money.
'Experience shows that where the competition is strong, service improves and the savings are greatest. Recent research by my Department has shown savings of around 7% have been achieved by authorities as a result of the introduction of competition in other services. The highest level of savings were in those services attracting the highest levels of competition.
'Some authorities do a very good job. They provide comprehensive, high quality and flexible services at a price that tenants can afford. My objective is to ensure that every tenant enjoys services to the standard of the best. I know that is not currently the case; the quality and cost of providing services varies considerably from authority to authority.
Sir George said that local authorities, tenants and the private sector all had an important role to play to make CCT of housing management a success.