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Lilley Backs Contracting out of Welfare

Magazine article Public Finance

Lilley Backs Contracting out of Welfare

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A former social security secretary has endorsed the ideas behind the government's welfare reform programme and called for services to be contracted out to independent providers.

Peter Lilley, who was social security secretary from 1992 until the Conservatives lost power in 1997, has backed government welfare adviser David Freud's central idea to overhaul the welfare system, which he maintains will shift the numbers claiming benefits and save almost £lbn a year.

In a report for Policy Exchange, the Right-of-centre think-tank, Lilley examined contracted-out welfare services in five international settings: Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Wisconsin in the US. In all cases, contracting out had helped to reduce unemployment and cut the benefits bill, he found.

Lilley said: 'There can be little doubt in the light of foreign experience that it is right to seek to harness the profit motive to help people from welfare to work. …

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