'All of us like to do our jobs well.
But are we necessarily doing the right things?' asks AME assistant director Robert Huxford.
Best value encourages local authorities to challenge what they are doing.
'Just because a practice was right for the 1950s does not mean that it is right for 2001, ' Huxford claims. 'You may be surprised at the number of practices that originate from Victorian times yet survive unchallenged' He continues: 'Should a local authority be providing services which are efficient in terms of minimising its own financial costs, or be efficient in terms of minimising cost and maximising value to the community as a whole?'