Ministers deny gap exists in public services rhetoric

The Cabinet Office has denied over-stating the extent to which charities are taking over public services.

A Commons select committee this week claimed there was a gap between the rhetoric of the ‘transformation of services' and what was actually happening on the ground.

The Public Administration Select Committee said only about 2 per cent of public services were delivered by the third sector, yet the Government argued that charities had the potential to transform services.

"The scale of change being proposed is easily exaggerated," says the report Public Services and the Third Sector: Rhetoric and Reality, which was published yesterday.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "We have never advocated a wholesale transfer of services.

"We will continue to support the growing number of third sector organisations that want to play an active role in delivering public service."

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