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MARKET FORCES

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LGC reports open up the market place ...
LGC reports open up the market place

LGCnet has launched a new web page to promote a series of market reports analysing the way in which the public sector deals with the private sector.

The first three Public Sector Market Intelligence reports cover finance, IT and business process partnerships, council pension funds, and education partnerships.

Finance, IT and business process partnerships: The report looks at how councils manage council tax, benefits and IT functions. It provides key market data and contract information.

Council pension funds: The report provides a comprehensive guide to the local government pension scheme, including details of every council pension fund in the country.

Education partnerships: The report covers schools private finance initiative deals and education department outsourcing, as well as education action zones.

The new free access web page provides further details on each of the reports, as well as price and ordering information.

www.lgcnet.com/pages/products/psmi

Private sector boss joins SERA

A business executive has been elected vice-chair of the South East Regional Assembly's planning committee, in a move hailed as a first for regional assemblies.

David Wilson, managing director of Eurotunnel Developments, was elected unanimously to work alongside Nick Skellett (Con), leader of Surrey CC, who was re-elected as chair of the planning committee.

Capita calls for top-level deals

Councils could save millions by integrating their corporate services at a regional level, and the resources released would pay for front-line services, a roadshow organised by the New Local Government Network heard this week.

Capita Group chairman Rod Aldridge told the event in Norwich that by establishing regional platforms for corporate services with private sector help, up to£600m could be released across all UK councils - or the equivalent of 22,000 extra teacher salaries.

He said: 'Operating in isolation is an expensive luxury costing taxpayers millions each year. '

Stroud signs Serviceteam

Serviceteam has signed a deal with Stroud DC for environmental services.

The£40m contract will run for just over 14 years, and is the firm's longest contractual agreement.

Serviceteam recently lost its bid to run Brighton & Hove City Council's refuse contract, which is to be brought back in house (LGC, 11 October).

Minister backs capital plans

Education departments should decide the rate

of return on capital invested by private firms, according to junior education minister John Healey.

He said the financial returns should form part of any contract and have nothing to do with central government.

Mr Healey added: 'Payments to contractors must be linked to high levels of service. That brings benefits to the public sector.'

He was responding to concerns from fellow MPs that private sector companies would claim profits at the expense of services.

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