Headlines: September 22nd, 1999

After a small library of conferences and pamphlets second-guessing what best
value might involve for local councils, the Government has now published
draft guidance on implementation, rather than the concept.

Crucially, it has also issued the performance indicators that are likely to
be used to measure every service that local councils provide.

Both the guidance and the performance indicators have been issued jointly by
Local Government Minister Hilary Armstrong and the Audit Commission, for

Best value, which was introduced by the Local Government Act 1999 will
replace compulsory competitive tendering (CCT), but has much wider
implications, as it covers a much wider range of services than those
previously subject to CCT.

Best value commits councils to review why they are providing services and
who is best placed to deliver them, and to publish the results of these
reviews in annual performance plans.

‘Implementing Best Value – a consultation paper on draft guidance’ and
‘Performance Indicators for 2000/2001’ are both found on the internet at
http://www.local-regions.detr.gov.uk/bestvalue/bvindex.htm and consultation
ends on November 4.