Alan Downey, head of KPMG’s public sector business, comments on the Government’s “Open Public Services” White Paper:
“The White Paper marks a watershed in the approach to the delivery of public services and could usher in a revolution that will transform the public sector landscape.”
“In the future public services - schools, university education, housing or the NHS - all will be opened up to a range of providers, including voluntary and private sector organisations as well as existing in-house providers. The government is no longer to specify which sector should deliver which service, rather it will put money in the hands of service users and will give people the power to make choices that are best for them.”
“What the government needs to do next is to specify which services are to be opened up and how the principle of competition will be put into effect. It needs to move quickly to translate its statement of intent into practice: That means publishing a comprehensive list of the services that are to be opened up to competition and the timetable for allowing potential new providers to bid.”
“I have no doubt that the direction of travel is correct and will lead to radical improvements in the services provided to citizens and the value obtained by tax payers. As always, setting out the strategy is the easy bit. The hard work will come when the ideals of the White Paper are put into practice.”
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