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Public Sector Reform

Asked about the Prime Minister’s article that appeared this morning, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister had made clear that he wanted to set out his vision for public sector reform in the context of the Big Society.

Put that the Prime Minister would have no problem with private companies supplying education and health services, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister had said that he wanted to end the state monopoly, because the public sector was not always the best at delivering services. The Prime Minister wanted to open it up to choice, with private sector suppliers that could provide services at a local level these could be better value for money and could deliver what people actually needed.

Asked if there would be a limit on private sector involvement, the PMS said there would be in the Judiciary and security.

Asked about providers in other sectors, the PMS said that there were already some private sector providers in the Prison Service for example and there was also the potential for private sector provision in the Probation Service.

Asked if there was a danger that the Big Society would turn into being all about privatisation, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had made clear in his article that he was very keen for decisions to be made locally. At a local level, people would know what the demand was for certain services and what the best sort of provision would be.

When asked if any services had been ruled out, the PMS advised people to wait for the White Paper. This was about opening up choice, not outright privatisation.

When asked what the timescale was for this to happen, the PMS advised people to wait for the White Paper for specifics, but we wanted to see a good start made in this Parliament.

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