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Public service transformation 'should be inspired by private sector'

24 May 2011

The government has been called upon to take inspiration from the private sector as it looks to reform public services in the UK for greater efficiency.

A report from the Work Foundation has suggested that making indiscriminate cuts and putting services out to tender without proper consideration risks damaging innovation in the long term.

As such, it suggested that more research should be put towards examining how the public sector currently invests in supporting innovation and looking at ways of improving this.

Lead author Charles Levy said the private sector should be used as a model for this process, adopting best practices from UK businesses to see how savings can be made via enhancements to networks and innovation ecosystems.

"If the coalition is not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, it must look to the private sector as an example rather than a substitute for public sector innovation," he explained.

Last year, the organisation reminded the government that the health of the private sector is dependent in many ways on the success of public sector reforms.

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