Best Value: Case studies. In 1999 the Labour Government introduced a number of measures attempting to both modernise and improve local government, as set out in the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions’ (DETR) White Paper Modern Local Government, In Touch with the People. Central to this is ‘Best Value’. The Local Government Act 1999 placed a duty on local authorities to provide Best Value services and came into force on 1 April 2000. Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT) legislation was repealed on 2 January 2000.
In 1997 the Government received applications from local authorities wishing to pilot Best Value. Thirty-seven local authorities were selected as Best Value pilots, 15 of which were addressing sport and recreation issues .
Given that the legislation was imminent, it was essential that all local authorities were in the process of planning for its implementation.
The introduction of Best Value did not imply an increase in resources for local government. Indeed it was the catalyst for a reduction in spending, particularly in discretionary services. It was critical therefore for the voice of sport, and the real and lasting benefits it brings to wider community issues, to be heard loud and clear at all levels of government.
Strategic Leisure Limited was commissioned by Sport England to define, identify, consult and investigate case studies of Best Value in sport. In particular the study was aimed at identifying links between sport and what has quickly become known as the ‘cross-cutting agenda’ of modern local authorities. This means a new focus on the contribution of each local government service across a number of social policy aims, such as community safety, social and economic regeneration, lifelong learning and health promotion.
Editor's comments - [ Best Value was a part of New Labour’s wider modernisation programme aimed at bringing local councils closer to their communities and promoting the role of councils in community leadership and governance. There was a statutory duty upon all local authorities to meet the requirements of Best Value as set out in the Local Government Bill published on 30th September 1998. Best Value applied to all local authorities as from 1st April 2000 ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Sport England. (1999). Best value through sport: Case studies. London: Sport England.
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