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LA fears of underfunding highlighted in ICE survey


LOCAL AUTHORITIES need more money if they are to save money, says a survey by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

For Best Value procurement to effectively replace compulsory competitive tendering, more funding is needed, according to the 106 authorities who responded to the ICE's annual study. The Best Value regime came into force at the start of this month.

The report also highlighted local authorities' fears that road maintenance had become the poor relation of funding priorities. They reported that pressure on cash meant services were losing out to functions suchas education and crime prevention.

ICE transport board chairman Derek Turner said: 'Continued underfunding risks massive problems for the future. Neglect is unsustainable if allowed to continue and the impact will be widespread.'

Positive results in the survey included the high priority given by authorities to integrated transport and waste management.

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