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PRIVATE SECTOR IS BEATING DLO'S FOR KEY SERVICES

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Local authority direct labour teams are losing ground to the private sector in three key service areas, claims a ne...
Local authority direct labour teams are losing ground to the private sector in three key service areas, claims a new survey.

Although in the period December 1994 to March 1995 DLOs won more contracts than they lost, they fell behind private companies in the fields of leisure management, building cleaning and building maintenance.

The survey, compiled by LGC Communication's Public Enterprise from the contracts awards section of the Official Journal of the European Communities, show DLOs won on average about 40% fewer contracts in these categories.

However, these losses have been counteracted by gains elsewhere, notably in catering, highway maintenance and construction, up 27%, 37% and 48% respectively.

In refuse collection and vehicle repair, the survey shows that in-house teams won 4% and 17% more contracts, but that the value of these contracts was proportionately much higher, 22% and 46%.

Devon Direct Services, the in-house contractor for Devon CC, has retained the council's catering contract.

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