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Monday, September 25, 2006

Ed Miliband Sees "Third Sector" as Teaching Public Sector

In a Society Guardian piece of 20th September the Minister for the Third Sector indicates that, rather than lots of public sector functions being contracted out to "Third Sector" organisations, such as charities and social enterprises, maybe the third sector will be asked to "teach" some of its techniques and approaches to the public sector which will continue to deliver the services. Should social enterprises gear up for consultancy rather than service delivery?

Maybe this is an indication that under a post-Blair New Labour regime there will be less contracting out and more direct public sector provision? Or maybe it's impossible for a Labour politician to appear to be too critical of public servants and their delivery when David Cameron is snuggling up to them?


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