Privatisation, rather than public sector co-operatives, will see services run better and cheaper

Mark Littlewood calls for a radical restructure

A radical restructure of public service delivery is required. Introducing state-funded co-operatives will make little difference to the actual quality of services the public receives, says Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, responding to proposals announced today by Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude.

Mark Littlewood said:

“Funding people to buy out their own places of work, and then continuing to pay their wages is not an ideal model for public services.

“We need to ensure that consumers, not producers, are given more power and control. That requires embracing privatisation.

“The £10m fund is small change in the context of the gargantuan budget deficit this government is attempting to slash, but it is still another £10m spent on a state-run scheme.”

 

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