This comes days after Cornwall Council, guided by Lavery, decided to go forward with a plan to outsource some services. After controversy and opposition, which led to the council leader being overthrown, Cornwall decided on a scaled down outsource. In the end the council outsourced IT and created a telehealth partnership with BT after rejecting a controversial plan to privatise a much broader range of council services.
This article gives more details about his move and describes how he does not count outsourcing as an ideology but an option. One which cash strapped UK councils must face.
Here is a poll I did to get people's views on the outsourcing of services in local government. 308 people have responded with 195 saying services should be outsourced, 105 saying they shouldn't and 8 saying they don't know. Please fill it in.