Council managers defend position on Best Practice

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Localauthority HR managers have reacted angrily to a union-backed report that claimsthe framework agreement on Best Value has not been adopted by local government.Thereport, Working Together for Best Value, claims that the NJC frameworkagreement on Best Value should be “more widely applied and used inconjunction with local action plans and good practice guidelines”.Theframework, introduced in October 1999, aims to promote union involvement inlocal government decision-making and improve the quality of service provision. TerryGorman, assistant chief executive personnel and corporate services atNottingham County Council, responded, “Authorities wanted to have theunions engaged but it was not always possible because of their [the unions]negative attitude at local level.”Thereport has misunderstood local councils’ implementation of the framework,claimed Rita Simmons, personnel and training officer of Hampshire CountyCouncil. Shesaid, “I believe that local councils have adopted the principles of theframework but not word for word. Here at Hampshire we have used the document asa template and tailored it into our framework.”Althoughit is possible that local councils have overlooked the document as it is justone item in a mountain on Best Value.” Thereport was produced by a number of organisations including the Improvement andDevelopment Agency, the Local Government Information Unit and the trade unionsUnison, GMB and T&G. ByPaul Nelson Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Council managers defend position on Best PracticeOn 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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