I've written before about the Suffolk County Council's plans for a radical outsourcing of its services. I've been sceptical about the chances of success from the point of view of the technical difficulties in procuring a complex web of inter-related services from multiple suppliers. I suspect that once procured there would be enduring problems of management and co-ordination for however long the service contracts last.
I read here that Suffolk has approved the proposal to move to a model where all services are commissioned from third parties. The article identifies other councils who are considering adopting similar models. I agree with the comments in the article by Martin Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts: "Success is all about the quality of the commissioning process. Probably the biggest weakness of contracting out is the quality of commissioning," and, "Suffolk needs to invest more in bureaucrats to have good quality commissioning."
I read today that Suffolk County Council is on the cusp of making a decision that will see it outsource almost all of its services. I have mixed feelings about this.