enabling authority

enabling authority

a local authority or some other public service organization which coordinates service provision by other, possibly private sector, organizations. In this model of public service provision the public authority no longer provides services itself. Instead it contracts with other organizations to deliver them. The philosophy underlying this model is that private sector organizations can provide public services more effectively and efficiently than public sector organizations. COMPETITIVE TENDERING embodies the ‘enabling authority’ approach. See NEW PUBLIC MANAGEMENT.
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(c) Why does the mayor believe a new chief executive should be paid PS142,000 when many council services have been scrapped or outsourced and hundreds of 'low paid' front line jobs have been deleted - making Middlesbrough council little more than an 'enabling authority' simply overseeing external contracts?
Don continued: “This public/private partnership creates the way forward in connecting law enforcement, associated agencies, preventative groups and the business community thereby enabling authority to share fast time, accurate and authoritative information when needed.
Kicking everything off was a proposal from North Tyneside Borough Council chief executive Andrew Kerr that it should become what he called an "enabling authority".
Questions will also be raised about the impact on local democracy of a council becoming an enabling authority, however interesting a concept it may be.
Coun Bore is more intent on carrying on his blinkered plan to make Birmingham City Council an enabling authority rather than saving money by using the existing workforce.
His interpretation of the Conservative reforms since 1979, which are encapsulated within the Nicholas Ridley-inspired notion of the 'enabling authority' is thoughtful and timely.
Middlesbrough Council is rapidly moving towards being an "enabling authority" that can no longer justify spending millions of pounds on a topheavy administration still geared to providing direct services to the public.
We've been an enabling authority and done a lot to invest in small businesses, but it isn't easy."
With an estimated minimum council job loss of 1,000 quoted by the mayor himself, Middlesbrough Council is fast becoming little more than an 'enabling authority',' handing out contracts to the private sector.

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