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MARKET REPORT - WELSH PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT DEEPENS

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Private involvement in public services in Wales is gathering pace following the announcement that Torfaen CBC is tr...
Private involvement in public services in Wales is gathering pace following the announcement that Torfaen CBC is transferring its elderly residential homes to Hafod Care Association.

The council has already transferred half its home care service to a Liverpool-based firm, Community Careline Services.

A statement said: 'Joint reviews have commented on the need for councils to improve their commissioning skills and to generate greater partnerships with independent organisations. These two big business transfers represent the most significant shift in provider services so far seen in Wales.'

A spokeswoman said the moves followed a critical joint review by the Social Services Inspectorate in Wales and the Audit Commission, which recommended greater private sector involvement.

Social services director Gary Birch said: 'We are delighted to recruit high-quality providers to contribute greater specialism, quality and diversity.'

Public/private partnerships in Wales have been held up because of a lack of suitable firms and a groundswell of opposition to them.

However, this seems to be changing following Capita's£83m deal with Blaenau Gwent CBC, Caerphilly CBC, Monmouthshire CBC and Torfaen CBC

to run the trunk roads network (LGC, 2 August).

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