Book News: September 2nd, 1999

By Geoffrey Filkin

This report draws on a range of experts from the public and private sector and suggests that a methodology based on intelligent strategic procurement is the appropriate basis for improving performance and delivering the outcomes that the public want.

‘Absolutely excellent, very timely and very useful – the best thing I have read on best value. It breaks some important and relevant ground’ Peter Housden, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council.

This report is well timed to help councils address the central issues of best value – how to secure the outcomes the public want by improving the relevance, the quality and values of the functions they provide. It shows clearly how to address this and I warmly commend it. I hope every local authority member and manager will read it.’ Rt Hon. Hilary Armstrong MP, Minister for Local Government and Housing.

Local Government has a real oppportunity through this report and its implementation to position procurement, for the first time, as a key business driver. There is a lot here on which central and local government can share expertise and the report will provide the platform for launching more initiatives of this sort.’ Mike Burt Head of Procurement Practice and Development, HM Treasury.

ISBN 0 9534 903 5 1. 1 – 19 copies 13 pounds.95 (+1 pound.25 p&p) per copy
20+ copies 5 pounds. (+75 p&p) Published July 1999 by The New Local Government Network, 1 Chapel Court, Borough High Street, London SE1 1HH. Tel. 0171 357 0051. Fax. 0171 357 0404. Email.   Link