Business people believe joint ventures between charities and the private sector can deliver social care services better than the public sector, says a new survey.
Social enterprise PrimeTimers polled 100 members with experience of working in both business and the third sector and found they had little faith in the private sector delivering public services in isolation.
But they believed cross-sector partnerships could work in areas such as care for the elderly, caring for people with disabilities, childcare, homelessness and hospices.
Mary Chadwick, director of PrimeTimers, said: "Our members feel that joint ventures between the third and private sectors are the way to improve public sector service delivery, irrespective of whether partnerships are contractual, informal, total or partial mergers, or just involve sharing back-office functions."
Ninety-seven per cent of those surveyed also said explicit performance targets should be set for third sector organisations, and 80 per cent wanted staff pay rises based on individual performances, not inflation.
The survey will be discussed at the PrimeTimers annual conference tomorrow.
- See Opinion, page 24, and Feature, page 29.