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WENDT TO CONDUCT PPP FUNDING REVIEW

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Former secretary of the Association of County Councils, Robin Wendt, is to carry out a review of future arrangement...
Former secretary of the Association of County Councils, Robin Wendt, is to carry out a review of future arrangements for central support for public private partnerships in local government.

The review follows the recent Byatt report on procurement in local government, development of the role of 4Ps and IDeA, and the recent resignation of the chief executive of 4Ps, Peter Fanning.

Brian Briscoe, chief executive of the Local Government Association, said: `The review comes at an opportune time. The response to the Byatt report is emerging; the LGA has recommended government to allocate more revenue support grant to 4Ps and IDeA in 2001/2 to support development of procurement skills; we are also promoting the case for more money to support capacity building in the Treasury's Spending Review 2002.

`It is important to get the best configuration for effective working between IDeA, 4Ps and local authorities. There are excellent skills in both central bodies and we need to ensure they are used to maximum effectiveness.

`I am delighted that Robin Wendt has agreed to undertake the review', he said.

It is expected that Robin Wendt will report to the board of the 4Ps and the LGA executive before the end of the year.

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