Chapter 14, Compulsory Competitive Tendering, now online
Graham Stringer coined the phrase Enforced Tendering (ET), and this was the term generally used in Manchester when referring to the process of Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT) that came about as a result of the 1988 Local Government Act. This emphasised the fact that it was being forced upon local government throughout the country. The Conservative government believed the private sector would deliver services more efficiently and cost effectively. The Left believed what would be lost would be quality and pay and conditions for workers, and public money would be going toward profits at the expense of the workers. Chapter 14 details the sequence of services that were subject to competitive tender and the outcome that all but one of the contracts were won by the in-house bids, the process being spread from 1989 to 1995.
- ‘Competition, Contracts and Change: Local Authority Experience of CCT (Future & Local Government)’, Nirmala Rao and Ken Young, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Aug 1995. Summary PDF available from https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/local-authority-experience-compulsory-competitive-tendering viewed February 2016
- ‘The Local Government Bill: Best Value and Council Tax Capping’ (Bill 5 of 1998/99). House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/1. http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/RP99-1
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