Government to publish green paper on public service commissioning

It will kick-start a radical shift towards innovation, claims civil society minister Nick Hurd

Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office

The Office for Civil Society is to publish a green paper suggesting ways in which public service commissioning could be reformed to benefit the voluntary sector.

The paper, to be published shortly, will propose ways to make it easier for charities and voluntary sector groups to bid to deliver public services. An online public consultation on the proposals will be completed by the end of the year.

In a statement, Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said: "The commissioning green paper will kick-start a radical shift in public service contracting so only the most innovative approaches win through.

"We know that there are too many barriers for civil society organisations that want to deliver public services and we are determined to sort them out."  

An OCS spokesman said the proposals from the green paper would be used to inform the white paper that the government will publish early next year about public service commissioning in general.

"The green paper will look at what the government needs to do to make sure civil society can take advantage of the new opportunities from the big society agenda," he said.

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