Headlines: October 13th, 1999

A task force has been set up to help local councils become more innovative in procuring housing schools, transport and other facilities. The main role will be to encourage the take up recommendations in the Rethinking Construction report published in 1998. The 18 member group is made up mainly from senior council officials with representatives from DETR and the Audit Commission.The task force is the fourth strand in the Movement for Innovation initiative. The main board, which acts as a steering group, reports to the Deputy Prime Minister. The Housing Forum promotes the initiative among housebuilders and their clients. The Achieving Excellence group carries out a similar role for central government departments and agencies.