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CCT: PROBLEMS SOLVED BERESFORD CLAIMS

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The changes to the draft proposals published in May address local government's main concerns, environment minister ...
The changes to the draft proposals published in May address local government's main concerns, environment minister Sir Paul Beresford claimed on Tuesday.

'These variations address the major concerns councils put to us in the consultation exercise, namely that the calculation framework remained unclear in the light of our intention to abolish certain credits and allowances, that the 65% competition percentage on finance cut too deeply into core services and did not recognise differences in the functions of different councils, that a 500-property de minimis figure for housing management might mean competitions which cost more than they saved, and that because councils were unprepared for competition beyond the existing requirements they needed more time.

'The revised package of changes will restore the amount of white-collar work subject to competition to a level first envisaged when the statutory framework was introduced last year, with an increase in the volume of work where subsequent experience has shown the market is well placed to respond.

'It will mean we will have a much more robust CCT framework which will force authorities to put the interests of local taxpayers first.'
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