argument the need to deliver best value - the new policy to bring
about high quality local government services at the lowest cost.
This was the message from Scottish local government minister
'Best value is the key to the future health and strength of local
government under a Scottish parliament. We are working with all
Scottish councils to change the way they work to find the most
effective ways of delivering services. The government will not tolerate apparent failure of the kind that has been reported in recent weeks.
'I attach special importance to the development of best value in
Glasgow, which is Scotland's largest council and its highest spender.
Councils must apply the 3 Cs - Constant Competitive Comparison to
deliver better services for council taxpayers' money and I am pleased
to say that Glasgow has made a good start in delivering that policy.
'I would congratulate Glasgow Council for the commitment they have
shown so far towards achieving best value. I have been especially
impressed today with the council's clear desire to consult and work in
partnership with local people to tackle local concerns.
'I am pleased that the council is determined to review all services by
comparing them with the best performers, not just in local government
but in the voluntary and private sectors as well. The aim is to ensure
continuous improvement in the delivery of all council activities,
whether they are delivered in-house or externally.
'Of course we are only at the start of best value. The real test for all councils will come over the next 12 months. Savings and
improvements as a result of best value will mean more cash for
essential frontline services.'
In February, the secretary of state agreed to exempt Glasgow Council
from the requirement of CCT to enable effort to be devoted to best
value. Their exemption was subject to progress with the council's
best value implementation plan, and regular meetings between
Scottish Office officials and the city council, together with periodic
progress meetings between the local government minister and the
council leadership. This was the first of such meetings.