Comments are closed. Socpo welcomes Best Value reviewOn 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Local Government HR group Socpo welcomed an announcement by the Governmentlast week that it is to review its controversial Best Value reforms. Both Socpo and the GMB union have criticised the reforms, claiming they haveincreased red tape and demoralised senior managers. Stephen Byers, Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and theRegions, said the aim of the three-month review is to reduce bureaucracy andraise standards. It will also look at ways to protect the terms and conditionsof employees and use front-line staff in a more creative way. Socpo president Keith Handley said he supports the concept of Best Value andhopes the review will lead to fairer processes. He added, “Socpo has been campaigning for some time to change thecurrent system. “It is bureaucratic and incredibly time consuming and seems to mitigateagainst the very thing it is supposed to achieve – improve front-line services.”I am especially pleased that the review will examine what can be doneto protect the terms and conditions of employees. The current system ofprotection is unfair and does nothing to help the morale of those employeestransferred over to the private sector.” Best Value was introduced in 1999 under the Local Government Act and callson authorities to review all functions every five years, monitor performanceagainst national Best Value Performance Indicators and publish annualperformance information. Related posts:No related photos.