Call for enlarged 'right to request'

Lord Victor Adebowale wants public sector workers to form social enterprises to run services

Public sector employees should get the right to set up independent social enterprises to deliver public services, Lord Victor Adebowale will propose to ministers.

Adebowale, chief executive of Turning Point and a social enterprise ambassador for the Government, said the system, which is known as 'right to request' and is being pioneered in the NHS, should be extended to other sectors.

It would allow public sector workers running a public service to bid for the right to form a social enterprise and run the service under contract.

Adebowale said he would be seeking meetings in due course to discuss the idea with both Labour and Conservative MPs.

"This idea could save the Government money and improve the efficiency and motivation of employees delivering services to the public," he said.

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