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Cameron Promises Less Control from Central Government

Magazine article Public Finance

Cameron Promises Less Control from Central Government

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David Cameron pledged a new era of 'freedom and control' for users of public services and challenged Gordon Brown to call an election in his speech to the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool.

Addressing delegates on October 3, the Tory leader said it was time to empower users of health, education and local services and vowed to promote 'innovation and choice in the public sector'.

Pledging an end to top-down control, Cameron said he would open up the 'state monopoly' in education, make doctors 'accountable to patients not politicians' and 'tear up the rules and the ring-fencing' that constrain local government.

'Over the past ten years we have seen responsibility sucked away from our public servants, and sucked away from our public services,' he told delegates.

Cameron said a Conservative government would allow a diverse range of providers to found new schools, with funding following pupils.

On health, he said patients would have 'a real choice' of GPs and of hospitals. …

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