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Bubb Proposes Third Sector Targets

Magazine article Public Finance

Bubb Proposes Third Sector Targets

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Charities could set targets to ensure that third-sector involvement in public services increases, the chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntan' Organisations has told Public Finance.

Speaking to PF following publication of the Open public services white paper. Sir Stephen Bubb said that 'although the government doesn't like targets', his organisation may produce its own. These would outline the proportion of services to be provided by charities and voluntan' groups.

Bubb produced a report on choice and competition, which fed into the 'listening exercise' consultation on the planned NHS reforms. The white paper took up some of these issues and confirmed 'the direction of travel', he said.

'What I am saying is that we need to put more choice in our public services, and competition is there to drive more choice. It's then a theme that you need to get diversity of providers."

Individual government departments have to detail how they will meet the white paper's intention to ensure that competition becomes 'the default in our public services', including any proposals for necessary legislation.

The deadline for their responses is November.

Bubb said that Acevo would 'see how they [departments] rise to the challenge' before looking at whether charities need to set any targets as guides for the development of open services. 'It's something that we need to look at, we might start setting targets. It would be quite a good guide - to see how [for example] the health board are doing with the choice mandate. …

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