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Should there be a crackdown on outsourcing public services after the collapse of Carillion?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    ‘The government's approach to outsourcing has been criticised after the high-profile collapse of construction-giant Carillion which was “too big to fail” because of important government contracts.

    In its After Carillion report, the influential Commons Public Accounts Committee said the failure of the construction giant exposed fundamental flaws in the government’s approach to contracting.

    Apprentices caught up in the demise of Carillion faced not being paid and losing out on being able to finish their training until the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) stepped in.’

    What are your views on the high profile failures? Do you think more could have been done to safeguard training programmes and apprenticeships caught up in the demise of the two companies? Are you confident about the future of government contracts handed to large companies such as Carillion and Learndirect? What do you think should be done to ensure that quality is maintained rather than cost being the top priority for public service contracts that deal with training?

  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    We ought to have a thoughtful adult political debate about what we expect from outsourced contracts. The Government is going to be unable to do this until at least the end of March.
    There seem to be some organisations that repeatedly mess up outsourced contracts and still get them renewed, although public mess-ups seem not to have happened as much recently.
    The Government has no interest in quality, only cost. I have no idea how this can be changed having spent most of my adult life in an environment where cost cutting is the only true ideal.
  3. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    of course there should be. But all the time private providers are allowed to provide services far cheaper at the sole change of cutting wages and staff benefits, even to the extent where the exchequer then tops up wages with benefits, the public sector cannot compete on the headline figures so the move to cheap, poor quality service will continue.
  4. bertiehamster

    bertiehamster New commenter

    Concise and accurate. We need to be shouting about this.

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