'Sir Paul Beresford's draft regulations are one of the most centralising and prescriptive documents yet issued by a local government minister. They may be a slight improvement on his original 'consultative' proposals, but that really isn't saying very much. This is government imposing another huge raft of bureaucratic hurdles and does nothing to assist their public effectively.
'CCT is anachronistic, failing to reflect the modern relationships which have been developed by forward thinking councils and forward looking companies.
'Good private sector companies are looking to working with the public sector with the voluntary agreement of both partners. They are looking to developing longer terms relationships with local authorities and are nor fearful of competing on a level playing field with direct labour organisations.
'Labour believes that it is the requirements of the public which should be the overriding factor in determining who and how services are provided. What we need is not a further extension of an old model created by ideological dogma, but a new dialogue about what framework best assists in deciding what forms of delivery are appropriate to which forms of service.'