ESA launches campaign to promote outsourced local authority contracts

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ESA argue local authorities should use the market to deliver value for money

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has launched a campaign to promote the benefits of outsourcing contracts for local authorities.

In a published briefing, Delivering best value through competition, the ESA said that more councils are moving away from competitive tender procedures for their waste services.

It argued councils are either moving services in-house of using a Teckal exemption from the Public Procurement Directives.

The ESA said this takes away the opportunity for councils to use the market to deliver value for money.

Jacob Hayler, ESA executive director, said local authorities can insulate themselves from unforeseen costs and gain greater budget certainty by transferring risks to the private sector.

He said: “The risk for delivering a quality service to cost lies with the contractor and is enforced through its legal obligations under the contract. This provides transparency and accountability in the delivery of the services, which improves outcomes for council tax payers.

“We believe that competitive tenders – open to both private and publically owned service providers – can be used to protect councils from changes in future legislation in the most affordable way.

“We are keen to work with the local government sector to explore new contracting solutions which would help to address this.”

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