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ICE joins best value task force

THE ICE is to be at the forefront of shaping government legislation on best value after being invited to join an exclusive network of six task forces by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

The ICE task force, headed by past president David Green, is charged to draw on the expertise of the private and public sectors to produce a definitive guide to best practice in advancing best value in the built environment.

The pilot projects were announced on Monday by local government minister Hilary Armstrong at a London conference. 'The legislation we are preparing will provide a framework for best value, but there are many detailed issues left to be decided, so I am pleased to announce that we are now extending the programme of pilot projects to include the six partnership networks. I want to create conditions where the private and voluntary sectors can work with local government to deliver quality services at a competitive price. The best value pilots and the partnership networks will together play an invaluable role in shaping the framework to ensure just that.'

The ICE team which comprises 11 consultants, three major contractors and 27 local authorities, will operate under the four working groups: challenging services; performance management; procurement processes and implementation. The working groups will look at issues such as consultation, bench marking, competition, forms of contract and procurement. The task force is staging a conference on Best value in the built environment at the ICE on Monday 19 October.

For further information call Andrew Crudgington, tel: (0171) 665 2212.

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