Magazine article Public Finance

Tupe Terms Could Be Binned

Magazine article Public Finance

Tupe Terms Could Be Binned

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Regulations guaranteeing public sector workers' rights when services are outsourced could be scrapped, according to an employment law expert.

A review of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) rules was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the Autumn Statement This formed part of a package of potential employment reforms Osborne said would 'make it easier to hire people'.

The terms of the Tupe review and a call for evidence were launched in November. In particular, ministers are seeking views on the effectiveness of 'service provision' clauses, which were introduced to the Tupe Regulations in 2006. They make clear that any public sector outsourcing is considered a transfer and therefore Tupe applies.

Mark Greenburgh, head of public sector at lawyers Wragge & Co, told Public Finance that the review could lead to these provisions being removed.

'My bet would be that they would roll that back because they're looking to get the private sector involved to drive costs down/ he said. …

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