Worth the risk? Sharing risk in public service markets
- 17 July 2018
- Posted by: Helen Nicol
- Category: News
Rose Lasko-Skinner, Research Assistant, Reform, argues that aggressive risk transfer is not a model that can be applied to public service markets:
Risk cannot fully be outsourced to a third party because Government is legally responsible for providing a good or service, from shelter and healthcare to employment services. Contracting an external provider to deliver these services will never outsource this responsibility
She also notes that:
The Commissioning Academy, created in 2012, aims to improve public sector skills in leading commissioning contracts. This has recently, and somewhat ironically, been outsourced to the Public Service Transformation Academy, a not-for-profit social enterprise. Making these opportunities more common place could make strides in upskilling the public sector.