Headlines: October 22nd, 2001

The CBI and a local government think tank group are jointly organising a series of roadshows to show what has been achieved by the first strategic partnerships between business and councils.These partnerships deliver much more than a simple contracting out of services. Case studies to be discussed at the roadshows include Kent’s link with commercial firm Babtie in improving the county’s engineering consultancy and transport services. The improvement has not been at a cost to employees – transferred staff have improved job security achieved through being able to work on new business.

The New Local Government Network has come together with the CBI to organise the roadshows as a response to the Summer 2001 Byatt Review, jointly organised by the DTLR and Local Government Association. It recommended better procurement capacity within local government.

Among the speakers at the roadshows are Local Government Minister Nick Raynsford, Digby Jones from the CBI and Dr Wendy Thomson, the new Head of the Office for Public Services at the Cabinet Office.

The roadshows are in Norwich today (October 22), followed by meetings in Middlesbrough, Wareham, Maidstone, Islington and Liverpool.

Link: www.nlgn.org.uk