Services: 'It's Up to Workers' Labour Defiant over Private Finance
Byline: Political Correspondent
THE Government would press ahead with plans to involve private firms in modernising the public sector and frontline workers must accept their responsibility for delivering better services, senior Cabinet ministers insisted yesterday.
In a keynote speech to Labour's local government and women's conference in Cardiff, Home Secretary David Blunkett said that ministers were held responsible for aspects of the public services over which they have no direct control.
Complaining of having "the worst of all worlds", he lamented that he and other Home Office ministers are blamed for any rise in crime, even though police forces have operational independence.
Mr Blunkett suggested that frontline workers and local community leaders had to acknowledge their share of the burden in delivering high-quality services.
Later, picking up on the reform theme, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott told the conference that the Government would press ahead with its plans for greater private sector involvement in education, health, …
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Publication information: Article title: Services: 'It's Up to Workers' Labour Defiant over Private Finance. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Post (Liverpool, England). Publication date: February 2, 2002. Page number: 4. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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