‘Clients should vote out poor providers’

    Clients should be allowed to vote out providers they are unhappy
    with and choose new ones, according to a local government
    think-tank.

    The New Local Government Network said care users should be given a
    collective choice over who delivers their services and how their
    services are provided.

    The proposals are part of a manifesto for local government reform
    that calls for an extension of user choice and more powers over
    local services.

    It is understood the government is considering such ideas. The
    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s five-year strategy, due next
    week, is likely to include plans for local authorities to devolve
    responsibility over some environmental and community safety
    services to neighbourhoods.

    • The Modernisers’ Tale available from www.nlgn.org.uk

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