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How to fix government outsourcing

The Rt Hon Sir David Lidington MP joined us to launch our new report which assesses the government's record of outsourcing over the last four decades.

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A string of high-profile failures – from security at the Olympics to probation – has put Britain’s outsourcing model under intense scrutiny, and led to calls for a wide range of services to be brought back into government hands. But in some areas, the evidence shows outsourcing has delivered better and cheaper services.

At this event, we launched a new report which assesses the record of outsourcing over the last four decades and sets out how to improve the way government contracts out services.

To discuss the findings, our panel included:

  • The Rt Hon Sir David Lidington MP, former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee
  • Richard Cockett, Senior Editor at The Economist
  • Tom Sasse, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government

The event was chaired by Nick Davies, Programme Director at the Institute for Government.

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We would like to thank international law firm Gowling WLG for supporting this event.


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