Local authorities should take over the management of Benefits Agency and Employment Service offices under proposals...
Local authorities should take over the management of Benefits Agency and Employment Service offices under proposals to save£3.5bn annually argues a Fabian Society pamphlet.
The management take-over would provide one-stop shops giving access to a multitude of government servces, The Financial Times reports (p6).
The pamphlet, written by Liam Byrne, an advisor to the prime minister, outlines proposals for government to save money by automating, integrating and developing large parts of government.
Proposals include privatisation of the delivery of benefits, allowing claimants to pick up payment at cash dispensers or supermarket tills using an electronic card, and for data to be pooled across government departments so the same information did not have to be repeatedly provided when people dealt with government.