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REC responds to Government plans to open up public services

REC responds to Government plans to open up public services

The REC today commented ahead of the Cabinet Office’s announcement on opening  up the delivery of public services.  The Government today will announce that  it  will allow companies, charities and community groups to bid to run everything from local health services to schools, libraries and parks.

Commenting on this  Ed McRandal, the REC'sPublic Services Advisor, said:

“These reforms are a step forward evidence from the recruitment market demonstrates that the public sector is not always best placed to deliver every type of service.

“The private sector can often be better placed to deliver public services, providing value for money whilst applying their expertise and driving up standards.  We have seen this when the in-house recruitment bank for the Health Service, NHS Professionals, took over many of the functions provided by the recruitment industry,  but ultimately proved far less effective.

“Opening up the provision of public services will also help drive the Government’s aim of enabling 25 percent of contracts to be awarded to SMEs.  This should have the dual  advantage  of making public services more efficient and competitive,  as well as providing contracts to firms who can help drive the recovery.”

The REC will be attending the launch of the Open Services Public White Paper later today. 

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