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OCTOBER DATE FOR CCT CHANGES

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Environment minister Sir Paul Beresford's changes to white- collar CCT will not be implemented until late autumn. T...
Environment minister Sir Paul Beresford's changes to white- collar CCT will not be implemented until late autumn. The DoE said this week that final proposals were unlikely to be published until the end of August at the earliest and might not emerge until September.

The DoE would then have to allow four to six weeks for consultation on the draft orders, which will mean implementation in October.

'We are glad the government is taking time to consider the issues properly,' said Andrew Purssell, principal administrator at the Association of District Councils.

He said the delay would definitely mean there was a need to allow more time for implementation of any changes.

There are also signs that the government - which said this week it had received 713 responses to the consultation paper - might alter its plans.

A civil servant speaking last week at an ADC conference suggested that different tiers of local government might be set varying targets for the percentage of services they have to expose to competition.

This is likely to take the form of concessions for county finance departments. Under current plans, these face having to tender core budget-setting functions because they do not have benefits and council tax collection to expose to competition.

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