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Osborne pledges public sector reform

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Far-reaching public-sector reforms have been pledged by the Conservatives as the only way to tackle the mounting debt crisis without imposing cuts in frontline services.

The shadow chancellor George Osborn told the BBC’s Today programme: “We can either reform the way services are delivered so that the money goes further and you get more for less, or you can face frontline service cuts.

“Because Labour have no plan to reform public services, because Gordon Brown has been an obstacle to public service reform for all his political career, if the Labour Government is re-elected there would be frontline service cuts.”

He said that only the Conservatives are thinking seriously about how to change the way public services are delivered in a bid to improve the quality in a period of budget restraint.

He cited countries like Sweden and US as examples where dramatic improvements in the quality of the education and healthcare have been achieved in a period of budget restraint.

He said that independent providers of free education must be employed to drive down costs and end to the state monopoly on provision.

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