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Neither Whitehall nor Serco, but local devolution: Labour’s pitch on public sector reform

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Ed Miliband is due to deliver the Hugo Young lecture tonight. His subject will be public sector reform—or rather, since that phrase has the whiff of the kind of New Labour “statecraft” that Miliband and Labour’s policy coordinator Jon Cruddas (whose fingerprints are all over this speech) want to move beyond, a “new culture” in public services.

In an article in the Guardian this morning previewing the speech, Miliband identifies two failed models for the delivery of public services: “old-style, top-down central control with…

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