William Eichler 16 September 2019

Think tank reveals outsourcing’s ‘mixed’ record

Think tank reveals outsourcing’s ‘mixed’ record  image

Outsourcing services has delivered savings to citizens, although politicians have ‘consistently overstated’ the extent of these savings, think tank says.

A new report from the Institute for Government argues that outsourcing waste collection, cleaning, catering and maintenance services has delivered ‘significant savings and benefits to citizens’.

However, it found a more mixed picture when it came to outsourcing HR, IT, prison and employment services, health and adult social care.

On the whole, the private financing of construction and outsourcing of probation had not delivered many benefits.

The study, which was based on more than 50 interviews with current and former Government officials, suppliers, academics and industry experts, also concluded that consecutive Governments have overstated the benefits of outsourcing.

Senior politicians regularly claim outsourcing can still deliver 20–30% savings but there is no evidence to support this, the think tank concluded.

Open letter to Boris Johnson image

Open letter to Boris Johnson

The MJ's editor Heather Jameson asks the new PM a simple question: do you want to fund local government or do you want to scale back services to the basics?
Highways jobs

Air Quality Monitoring Project Manager

Birmingham City Council
£34,788 - £42,683
Seeking a skilled and dedicated individual with a background in environmental protection and air quality to... Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council

Recycling Operative

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£21,188 - £25,675 depending on skills
Are you looking for an opportunity where your health and well-being will be promoted? London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Home Improvement Agency Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£29,636 - £33,799 per annum
Have you got experience working with Aids and Adaptations? If so we have an exciting opportunity. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Health & Safety Lead Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£34,788 - £39,782 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity to join Sandwell’s corporate Health and Safety Unit. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Co-opted Governor - Joseph Turner Primary School

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
No Salary
If you care about the education children receive, you can make an important contribution to your local community by becoming a school governor. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine