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The Alternative Civil Service: a constitutional heresy? – by Stephen Wilks

August 6, 2013


G4S: private sector employer

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One third of current public spending on services, £80 billion, is channelled through private sector companies. Although they deliver services demanded and paid for by taxpayers, their employees are not ‘public servants’. They are not subject to the disciplines, procedures and expectations attached to government employees. Instead they are part of an industry growing in size, ambition and confidence – the Public Services Industry (PSI). Welcome to the world of the New Corporate State.


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