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“Best Value” in Local Government?


I am increasingly finding the principles of "Best Value" thrown into invitations to tender etc and am interested to know if anyone out there in e-land has come across any helpful articles, websites etc summarising the key principles - it seems like each LA has its' own ideas and few of their documents are paragons of brevity and clarity.


Geoff Roberts

3 Responses

  1. Best Value websites
    I’m researching Best Value for an MA in addition to being in a similar position to yourself in terms of bidding for work.

    Your best place to start is the IDEA website.

    This is a national organisation representing local government and has a best value forum in addition to plenty of information on the development of best value under their services section. You can also link into a whole variety of other government sites such as the cabinet office and DETR and begin to get a feel for what is going on. Hope this helps.

  2. Best Value in local government
    The best website I found was the Audit Commission one. Within it is a copy of a report detailing the Best Value Performance Indicators for 2000/1. The report is listed in chapters. Chapters 6-12 list the BVPIs. I suggest you look at these first.
    Sorry I do not have the correct web address on me but I believe there are links on both the websites given in the other answers.

    I would say that best value is an attempt to encourage local authorities to be more customer focused and deliver the right service at the right cost.


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