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CHARITIES MAY BE ASKED TO RUN 'CINDERELLA' PUBLIC SERVICES

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Downing Street is considering plans to contract out a range of public services to charities as a key manifesto pled...
Downing Street is considering plans to contract out a range of public services to charities as a key manifesto pledge for the election, according to reports in The Sunday Times(p9).

Labour party officials believe that people would trust charities and voluntary organisations over the public sector in many areas of social care where they have greater expertise and experience.

The manifesto could give a commitment to recognise hundreds of charities as key providers and allow the government to seek their participation when contracting out services as they do with the private sector.

The move is being championed by Alan Milburn, the former health secretary, who will make a speech on the potential of charities to run public services on Thursday.

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