A Sustainable Approach to Outsourcing UK Public Services | IPT
Chair: Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP, Select Committee on Intelligence and Security
Speaker: Rupert Soames OBE, Chief Executive, Serco
Dinner Discussion


Tuesday 13 November 2018


House of Commons

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The UK Government buys around £200bn of goods and services from private companies, mutuals and charities each year, with a huge growth in private sector delivery of government services in the past 40 years. Delivery of public services by private providers is nothing new but, in light of recent events, how can the UK ensure a sustainable approach to modern public sector outsourcing?


This Dinner Discussion will:


•    Review what lessons can be learnt from recent collapses of major UK outsourcing companies
•    Explore how the Government can maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of public service delivery, ensuring it has the adequate skills, information and incentives required to make sourcing decisions effectively 
•    Consider how the Government and public sector can monitor and manage the risks of outsourcing the delivery of public services
•    Discuss the process of government scrutiny of suppliers and whether the rules on oversight and accountability of public services need to change