The National Picture: From ‘State Monopolies’ to ‘New Providers’
The increasing use of outsourcing, commissioning and contracting out to reduce the role of the state (local and national) and attract for-profit and voluntary sector organisations as the direct providers of public services. Major and on-going cuts in the Treasury’s Revenue Support Grant for local authorities, their impacts on local services and the consequences particularly for local Youth Services. The effects of these cuts on voluntary sector organisations. The growing demand from policy-makers for ‘hard’ statistical and ‘monetised’ forms of ‘measurement’ of the impacts and outcomes of services and of their practice.
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