'Bad news for local services', was the reaction of ADLO director John Roberts on receiving details of the governmen...
'Bad news for local services', was the reaction of ADLO director John Roberts on receiving details of the government's proposals to impose tighter restrictions on compulsory competitive tendering of white collar services.
'Yesterday's announcement of more time for implementation of certain services offers only crumbs of comfort. In bringing forward these changes local councils are being blamed for the failure of government policy which has been badly thought out and riddled with problems since the beginning. This announcement shows that the government's main concern is to unconditionally hand public services to the private sector.
'Faced with this unprecedented level of central prescription our members will strive to deliver high quality local services that the community value and are prepared to pay for. Authorities up and down the country consider the impact of these proposals valuable time, money and resources will be wasted in implementing a policy that will not improve local services. We will lobby hard for the repeal of these regulations at the earliest opportunity.'
Mr Roberts went on to say that on the whole he believed that the proposals were, 'unworkable given the proposed implementation timetable. Some authorities will risk falling foul of recent government guidance on packaging work for tendering if they are to meet the new deadlines. Furthermore, the effects of these change swill have implications throughout an authority following the abolition of credits for support services provided to existing DLO/DSOs. Each authority will have to consider carefully how it provides central and support services so as to avoid the possibility of double competition in the future.'