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LGIU LAUNCHES CONSULTATION ON BEST VALUE

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The idea of best value, promised by the Labour party needs to be fleshed out before local government gives it the s...
The idea of best value, promised by the Labour party needs to be fleshed out before local government gives it the seal of approval, LGIU director Dennis Reed said.

Speaking at a seminar on The way forward for public services, organised jointly by the LGIU and LEPU (Local Economy Unit at Southbank University) Mr Reed announced that the LGIU would be carrying out a consultation exercise among its affiliated councils and trade unions on best value.

Mr Reed said: 'The Labour party, if it wins the next general election, has promised us a regime based on best value. A great deal of flesh needs to be put on the bones of that idea before we in local government can be confident that more than just terminology has changed.

'We are receiving indications that new legislation will not be prescriptive but will place the onus on local authorities to demonstrate that their services are responding to local needs and aspirations, and that in so doing they are achieving best value for local service users, If that is the case, the LGIU will welcome it.

'However, the hazy concept of best value must not merely be handed over for civil servants to do their worst: it must be about the best ways of delivering local priorities - the LGIU wants to see the concept of best value approached not from a position of `we know best', but `the community knows best'.'
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