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STILL NO CLEARER ON REFORM DATE

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There was no clear indication this week of when environment minister Sir Paul Beresford will reveal his plans to re...
There was no clear indication this week of when environment minister Sir Paul Beresford will reveal his plans to reform white-collar CCT.

DoE civil servants were said this week to be 'still working on the changes'.

It is understood that they are seeking legal advice on whether they could implement the latest proposals, which would force any council which lost an element of a service to the private sector to eventually contract-out all of its work because of the so-called ratchet effect (LGC, 13 September).

Opinion is divided on whether the change could be implemented with regulations alone. Council officers are confident primary legislation, which is ruled out because of a lack of Parliamentary time, would be needed.

Full plans had been promised by late September but an announcement may now slip into October. It is understood that vital decisions on percentages and timetabling still have to be made.
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