Majority support accountability in public service contracts – poll

17 April 2015

Most people want to see new laws on transparency and accountability in public service contracts, according to a new poll.

Sixty-eight per cent of respondents to a poll by campaign group We Own It believed the public should have a legal right to be consulted and given access to information on the outsourcing of public services.

Support for the idea was particularly strong among Labour and UKIP voters, We Own It said.

Half of all respondents are against the current trend to outsource public contracts and want to see more public services run in-house, while less than a quarter (22 per cent) thought more public services should be outsourced.

Cat Hobbs, director of We Own It, said: “The people affected by public service sell-offs and contracts – whether it's the East Coast line, the National Gallery or local council care services – want to have a say.

“We need a Public Service Users Bill for transparency and accountability, to put the public interest ahead of vested corporate interests.”

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