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LABOUR PLEDGES TO FIGHT CCT EXTENSION

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Labour will strongly oppose Paul Beresford's proposals to extend white collar compulsory competitive tendering, sha...
Labour will strongly oppose Paul Beresford's proposals to extend white collar compulsory competitive tendering, shadow local government minister Hilary Armstrong says:

'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.

'A Labour government will abolish the compulsion in CCT but there will be no going back. We will introduce a duty on all local authorities to obtain best value for local residents, giving councils the flexibility to use a variety of mechanisms to improve and enhance the quality and efficiency of local services. We expect local government to work with the private sector to constantly search and strive for improved quality and cost efficiency.

'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.'

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