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FORSYTH TO DISCUSS CCT TIMETABLE WITH COSLA

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Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth has announced that he will be having urgent discussions with COSLA to discuss th...
Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth has announced that he will be having urgent discussions with COSLA to discuss the timetables for the reintroduction of CCT under the 1980 act.

In a letter to COSLA president Rosemary McKenna, Mr Forsyth said:

'Following our discussions at the meeting that the prime minister held with the local authority associations earlier this week, I have reflected further on our decision to reintroduce CCT under the 1980 Act from 1 January. I have also had a chance to study in detail the petition for judicial review put forward by South Lanarkshire Council.

'As you know, we are firmly of the view that CCT leads to value for money and increased quality of service. The petition from South Lanarkshire, however, does contain a number of valid points about the time it may take some authorities to achieve a date of 1 January As you will be aware, I do not have the power under the 1980 Act to make different provision for different local authorities.

'In the light of all this, we have decided not to make the regulations implementing the 1 January date. Instead, we intend to arrange discussions between your officials and mine so that we can ascertain from you your practical proposals in respect to the timetable for CCT for 1980 Act services. Given your public statements about the need for good relations between the Convention and The Scottish Office, I am sure that you will approach these discussions in a constructive manner.'
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