By David Bicknell
Earlier in the week, I wondered whether we would hear anything in the Budget that night offer some clues as to how mutualisation might develop, given that there is much anticipation from interested parties.
Well, we didn’t hear anything from George Osborne. And the reason for that is it looks as if the proposed White Paper on Public Services due to coincide with the Budget has been delayed until after the local elections on 5th May.
There’s some more background on the delay here
The suggestion is that there is a continuing debate over how the breaking up of public services – an industry valued at an estimated £79bn – will benefit service users, the taxpayer, and employees. Another theory put forward – but yet to be confirmed – is that the White Paper will lean more heavily towards outsourcing and away from localism.