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Councils urged to form joint ventures


LOCAL AUTHORITIES will have to form joint ventures to procure construction work if they are to make the Government's new Best Value regime work, a top Department of Environment Transport and the Regions official told a conference this week.

Director of local government competition and quality directorate Richard Footitt said: 'The big issue is the consolidation of the client side.

'There are 550 Best Value authorities and if something of real benefit is to be obtainedin local government there will have to be a lot more joint working.'

Footitt was speaking to 550 delegates at an event organised by the Local Government Taskforce. 'Achieving Best Value through rethinking construction' sought to encourage councils to adopt partnering and other Egan initiatives to raise performance.

Small and medium sized companies were also warned that they would need to co-operate to win local government construction work in the future.

Iain Beaton, assistant chief executive for competitive services at St Helen's Metropolitan Borough Council said: 'Companies may need some new arrangement, maybe joint ventures through the local Chambers of Commerce, if they are not to be left out of the chain.'

Jackie Whitelaw

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