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LABOUR SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO EXPERIMENT CCT REPLACEMENT

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The Labour Party plans to enlist volunteer local authorities prior to the general election to experiment its propos...
The Labour Party plans to enlist volunteer local authorities prior to the general election to experiment its proposed replacement for CCT reports The Financial Times (11 November p8).

The party is seeking to place councils under a duty to achieve best value for money in their service delivery.

Shadow local government minister Hilary Armstrong argued that: 'Large sections of the private sector agree that CCT has been unsuccessful'.

Ms Armstrong added that there was a need to 'harness the best working practises' of the public and private sectors. In line with the view of the recent House of Lords select committee she agrees that councils in the long term, should become less dependent on government grants and raise a high proportion of their finance locally.

Labour is also keen to increase public participation in day to day running of council affairs, the FT reports.
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