Over 60% of people agree with outsourcing local government service

With more and more local authorities looking at ways to cut costs there is inevitably a focus on outsourcing services to the private sector. And IT is one of the areas that always seems destined to be farmed out.

Recently councils such as Barnet and Cornwall have hit the headlines as a result of controversial decisions to outsource services, including IT.

I have been running poll on the blog to get people’s view on outsourcing local services. I asked whether people thought services in local government should be outsourced to private companies or not. The third option was don’t know. I have had 342 people contribute with their views.

61.4% said local government services should be outsourced to private companies. 35.96% said they shouldn’t, while 2.63% said they didn’t know.

Should local government outsource services to private companies?

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Should local government outsource services to private companies?

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