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Up with the outsourcers

David Walker is too pessimistic about public sector outsourcing. The recession will see the private sector more involved, not less

By Andrew Haldenby   December 2008

Should we all be buying shares in Serco, the public sector out sourcing giant? David Walker’s recent article (“Out with the out sourcers?” Prospect, December 2008) is right that recent moves towards greater outsourcing in the public sector are currently under pressure. But what will actually happen in the coming recession remains an open question. The recent pre-budget report reveals the full, sorry state of the government’s finances, and analysis of the document clearly shows that whichever party is in power is going to have to find savings of £37bn on the Treasury’s own figures. Against such a background, the…

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