In March 2014 Prof Julian Le Grand completed a review on behalf of the Government into Birmingham Council’s Children’s social care services. Le Grand was asked to consider the likelihood of the Council leading improvements in services and also alternative options for delivering those services.
While focused on Birmingham his review was intended to assist the Government with thinking about ‘improvement interventions’ for other failing Local Authorities. The position of Le Grand is that where public services are failing they should be replaced by new institutions to provide the service.
The Le Grand Review and follow up Reviews which are due to report in September and December should be seen in close relation to the change in Regulation to allow Local Authorities to delegate a range of their social care functions to third party organisations.
While new Regulation empowers Local Authorities to delegate more social care functions to a third party provider Le Grand identifies a structural blockage the absence of alternative capacity. His task on behalf of the Government is to consider how to create a marketplace of providers to whom the powers can be delegated. The Le Grand Review(s) are explicitly intended to provide the detailed strategic thinking to inform the Government on how to move forward their reform and privatisation of children’s social care, in this they are of national significance
To read more click on this link: Le Grand Privatisation briefing