Home Office backs away from Milburn 'Third Way' notions

The Home Office appears to have distanced itself from Alan Milburn's plans for an expansion of charity public service delivery.

Last month, Milburn, purported to be Labour's third-term manifesto 'ideas man', said there would be "unrivalled opportunities" for charities to further expand their public service role, especially in the NHS.

But at last week's Charity Finance Directors' Group conference, Helen Edwards, director-general of the Home Office's Communities Group, questioned his vision.

"I'm not sure I share Alan Milburn's view that the sector should start running the NHS. I'm not sure that's what it's there for," she told delegates.

But she added that charities had a role to play where the state and market were not working.

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