The Labour Party has announced an insourcing revolution to reverse the trend of public services being outsourced to private providers and bring these services back ‘in house’, to be delivered by the public sector.
Criticising the “scandal” of “rip off” outsourcing of key public services Labour has committed itself to ‘insourcing’ the delivery of key public services to improve services, save taxpayers’ money and increase democratic accountability of public services.
Labour says it’s plans will roll back decades of orthodoxy that have seen local councils forced into outsourcing the delivery of key public services to private companies, including construction and maintenance work, bin collections, cleaning, school dinners, playing field maintenance and the management of local leisure centres.
Announcing the plans, John McDonnel criticised the legacy of decades of outsourcing in local government, with private companies failing to uphold their contracts to deliver services, standards deteriorating and the taxpayer picking up the bill.
After year upon year of failures the public has rightly lost confidence in the privatisation of our public services and the carve up of the public realm for private profit.
“The government’s ideological pursuit of privatisation and outsourcing has seen the public pay the price as fat cat bosses count their profits.
“It’s time to end the outsourcing scandal which has seen private companies rip off the taxpayer, degrade our public services and put people at risk whilst remaining wholly unaccountable to the people who rely on and fund these services.”