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IMF Critical of UK Privatisation?

A new IMF study concludes that Britain’s underlying public finances are among the worst in the world, thanks to the cost of bailing out the banks after the financial crisis and because “the UK has done more to sell off public assets and consequently reduce the possible income from assets that could offset demands on the public purse” says The Guardian.

Source: The Independent

Local government authorities are moving away from public services outsourcing

A new report has revealed that local government authorities are moving away from public services outsourcing. “The survey of local government leaders, chief executives and mayors, published by the New Local Government Network (NLGN), found that 39% say they will outsource less over the next two years. It also showed that only 15% say they intend to outsource more over the next two years, while 46% indicate no change from current levels.” [Report: From Transactions to Changemaking: Rethinking Partnerships between the Public and Private Sectors]

The four contracts that finished Carillion

The Guardian reports on “the four contracts that finished Carillion [which] is a disaster not just for employees and taxpayers, but for public-private partnership policy.” The collapse of the outsourcing and construction company has dealt a hammer blow to a privatization crusade that has eroded public services in Britain since the Thatcher years. “Two were for much-needed new hospitals—and work on both was immediately halted as the company collapsed.” The other two: a Scottish road and a development in Doha.

Source: the Guardian

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From Transactions to Changemaking: Rethinking Partnerships between the Public and Private Sectors

This report published by the New Local Government Network (NLGN) is a new voice to the debate on the role of the private sector in the delivery of public services. While the current debate remains unhelpfully polarised along party lines, we argue that partnerships between the public and private sectors must fundamentally change – from an approach that is primarily transactional in nature, to one that is changemaking.

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Double standards: How the UK promotes rip-off health PPPs abroad

This report concerns Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in healthcare, known in the UK as the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). It exposes how such PPPs have been an expensive failure in the UK, attracting criticism from government ministers, and yet those same ministers run departments which promote PPPs, including in health, around the world.

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