New £1 million fund to help local government ‘transform services’

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
12 January 2014

Local authorities can apply to draw on a £1 million fund to help them find the best way to deliver services.

A partnership including the Cabinet Office (CO) and the Local Government Association (LGA) has set up the fund to provide “bespoke professional support” to authorities to “enable them to undertake a strategic review of all available options”, including outsourcing to mutuals and voluntary organisations.

The CO said: “The successful applicants will be able to transform their services by combining the best of the public, private and voluntary sectors through partnering, mutualisation, or other innovative forms of commercial model.”

Ten authorities will be chosen from the applicants to take part in the Delivering Differently programme. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 10 February.

CO minister Francis Maude said reduced spending and rising demand meant, “we must transform the way services are delivered and break down the old binary choice between in-house and outsourced delivery”.

Councillor Peter Fleming, chairman of LGA’s Improvement Board, said: “Local authorities are already embracing new ways to provide their services and we are keen to see the additional possibilities which the Delivering Differently programme will bring.”

Applications should be sent to deliveringdifferently@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.

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