Published: 22nd Nov 2019

Nine out of ten people would prefer public services were outsourced to social enterprises rather than the private sector, according to new research. A survey by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and consultancy group E3M found most people consider social enterprises to be more suitable public service providers on the grounds of value for money, expertise, trust and lower levels of risk. The YouGov survey of 2,000 adults showed nearly half of respondents that public bodies should not outsource any services at all. Although 84% of respondents said they were aware that some services are contracted to other businesses. Just one in ten people thought private enterprises were suitable health and social care providers, compared with more than one third (36%) who were comfortable with social enterprises taking this role. For physical services such as waste and recycling, social enterprises were regarded as more suitable than … (To read the full article, subscribe below)