Commenting on today’s (Friday) news that Interserve is going into administration, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“We can’t afford another Carillion style disaster. The government must urgently sit down with unions to protect jobs, and to stop firms in Interserve’s supply chains going to the wall.
“Interserve has thousands of public service contracts – these must be brought back in house.
“This case highlights again why we need much more scrutiny when public services are handed to the private sector and far more robust oversight of the private firms handed millions by the government. This means a proper watchdog and a national risk register.
“Right now confidence in private providers of public services is at an all-time low and there should be a complete moratorium on any further outsourcing.”
Research published by the TUC in January found that private firms receive around £3,500 per household of taxpayers’ money each year for the outsourcing of public services.
The TUC report A Domesday Book for public service contracts – better data, better value for money proposes a set of actions for government and public service bodies:
- The TUC A Domesday Book for public service contracts – better data, better value for money can be found here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/research-analysis/reports/domesday-book-public-service-contracts-%E2%80%93-better-data-better-value-money
- Details on the TUC estimate of the amount per household going to private outsourcing firms are here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/private-outsourcing-firms-get-%C2%A33500-household-services-%E2%80%93-tuc-analysis