The Council's obligations under the Local Government Act 1999 in respect of Best Value require it to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the Council services.

The effective procurement of goods, services and works is crucial to the achievement of Best Value.

Any decision to procure third party services currently provided by the Council will only be made after full consultation with the trade unions and staff concerned. Full regard must, also be had to the Code of Practice on Workforce Matters in Local Authority Service Contracts.