Share the risks, public bodies told

Public bodies that commission charities to provide public services should share the risks involved and should take final accountability, according to Lord Adebowale, chief executive of social care charity Turning Point.

The risk in the commissioning process is currently taken by the third sector, with no risk taken by the purchaser, Adebowale told the first oral evidence session of the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee's new inquiry, called Commissioning Public Services from the Third Sector. "Commissioners need to be accountable," he said.

In other evidence given at the hearing, Joyce Moseley, chief executive of youth charity Rainer, said the system did not encourage "creative commissioning".

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