The recesssion means that local people need high quality public services like never before. Local economies depend on the flow of public money not drying up. Now is the time for elected members to assert their rights and duties to ensure commissioning protects high quality, democratically accountable, services.
This pamphlet is published at a fundamental moment in the history of public services. There are those who seek to use the commissioning agenda to further minimise direct involvement in service delivery. Elected members need to remain resolute ensuring they use commissioning as a vehicle for driving improvement not allowing themselves to be bypassed by procurement.
Commissioning is a vital political role for all elected members; they need to be involved at the start of the process of determining how council services are delivered. ‘Think twice’ makes the case for elected members having the widest range of options available to them in making these crucial decisions.
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