A further 22% of contracts let since January 1992 generated only one external bid, it says. Only 10% of the 376 contracts studied were awarded to external contractors. In house direct service organisations won 84% and decisions were pending in the remaining 6% of contracts.
The survey, conducted by the Centre for Leisure Research, is based on returns from 373 English councils, a response rate of 84%. It found competition tended to be greatest for the smaller contracts and 51% of those awarded to the private sector went to only five companies - Contemporary Leisure, Circa, City Centre Leisure, DC Leisure and Relaxion.