When are Local Public Services not Local Public Services?

……. when there’s a profit to be made and accountability is destroyed. The eventual conclusion of the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the US and EU will accelerate the privatisation of public services.

Discredited multinational corporations such as Capita relish the prospect of making millions or billions out of acquiring contracts to deliver services previously provided by workers employed directly by the local authorities. Tories say they are saving public money, but there is very little evidence of this, especially when these large multinationals are in the business of making profit out of public money. Companies like this will charge premium amounts for every tiny detail of provision.

Tory controlled Barnet is leading the charge to destroy local public services. They reduced the staff from 3,200 to 332. Northamptonshire is pursuing a similar course. Those of us unfortunate enough to live in Tory controlled areas can expect more of the same if there is no effective opposition.

In Barnet Capita were given the contract to run local services for the next ten years ,denying Barnet residents the opportunity to complain. Capita now maintain that information about public services is ‘commercially sensitive’. So much for government’s ‘localism’ – so much for local democracy.

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