The Prime Minister, David Cameron, will today outline plans for voluntary organisations and private companies to bid to run a swathe of public services in areas such as health and education.
The Open Public Services White Paper is expected to force public sector bodies to consider letting other organisations run their services.
It is also expected to allow public sector workers to transfer to the third sector by setting up mutual organisations. Whitehall departments will be expected to draw up plans showing how they are implementing the reforms.
Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, which represents voluntary sector leaders, will speak with Cameron and John Cridland, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, at this afternoon’s launch of the white paper.
Bubb said the "any willing provider" model would provide "potentially huge opportunities" for voluntary organisations.