In response to criticism over many years that local authority direct labour organisations did not give good value for money, the present government brought forward legislation, the object of which was, to test dlo's in "fair and frequent competition" with independent contractors. The 1980 Local Government Planning and Land Act applied for the first time a regime of compulsory competition to direct labour organisations run by local authorities. The provision included the conditions under which compulsory competition would take place, an accountancy framework and a requirement to earn a rate of return on capital. In addition, local authorities are obliged now to produce annual returns on each section of their dlo. The report for 1981/82--the first year of operation of the legislation--have now been published. The speaker will assess the extent to which the government's objectives have been achieved and will set out remedies for the deficiencies which have emerged. (Author/TRRL)

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    • This paper was presented during Seminar H, Highway Construction and Maintenance at PTRC's 11th Annual Summer Meeting, Sussex University, England, 4-7 July 1983.
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    PTRC Education and Research Services Limited

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  • Authors:
    • NOAR, M D
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  • Publication Date: 1983

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  • Pagination: p. 159-162

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  • Accession Number: 00382658
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-112-4
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume P240
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 1984 12:00AM