Today, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham announced that the region’s buses will be brought back into public control – it’s a victory for campaigners and a model the whole country should follow.
This week, the government promised a ‘revolution’ on England’s buses without committing to reverse privatisation – but the real revolution we need to see in our transport system is public ownership.
While the vaccine is rolled out, continued contact tracing will protect against new and potentially resistant variants – but giving it to Serco and Sitel is a waste of time. We need a public system.
The miserable school meal ‘hampers’ are the latest public services outsourced to for-profit companies that consistently fail to deliver. Childhood hunger should not be lining private pockets.
The government’s decision to hand England’s test-and-trace system over to Serco has been an unmitigated disaster. As millions suffer the consequences, it’s time they’re removed from our public health system for good.
The government’s latest PPE scandal shows what outsourcing is really about – far from increasing efficiency, it is a machine for corruption which turns public services into cash cows for the well-connected.
Privatised test and trace has been a disaster, with thousands unable to access tests and enormous delays for those who do. Now, a poll shows that 74% of the public want it brought back in-house.
Instead of investing in public test and trace, the Tory government handed the system over to outsourcing giant Serco and a call centre company. Inevitably, it has failed to deliver.
NHS workers who needed PPE during this crisis were forced to rely on an inefficient network of private providers which failed to produce in time – it was yet another disaster brought about by privatisation.