Tenders on offer in Northampton

City council likely to contract out all its services

A local council is set to adopt a cost-cutting proposal to contract out all of its services, creating bidding opportunities for third sector organisations.

Northampton Borough Council's cabinet is expected to vote this week in favour of a recommendation to contract out all of the council's services in order to make them "better and more efficient".

Hugh Fenton, chair of CVS Northamptonshire, said waste and recycling and cleaning were obvious areas for bids from the third sector.

Voluntary sector organisations were not concerned about the need to undercut current council costs because "we would argue that we are more efficient", he said.

Eddie Reeves, a political assistant on the council's ruling Liberal Democrat group, said: "If voluntary sector organisations can compete at a competitive rate relative to current rates and to what the private sector offers, then they would be in with a chance of getting fairly large contracts."

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