Pro-cuts think tank Reform takes public sector sponsorship

Tory-Lib Dem council Birmingham City Council is sponsoring Reform's upcoming conference "Localism and the Public Services Revolution", at the cost of £7,500.

Free Market think tank Reform is very keen for the public sector to spend less. So, for example, director Andrew Haldenby has argued that there should be 300,000 fewer employees in the NHS, and one million fewer in the public sector as a whole. So if the public sector shouldn’t spend money on front line staff, what should it spend its money on? Why – free market think tank conferences, of course.

Tory-Liberal Democrat run Birmingham City Council is sponsoring Reform’s upcoming conference “Localism and the Public Services Revolution”, at the cost of £7,500.

Reform’s business model is a sound one – take sponsorship from private companies, many of whom apply for public sector contracts, and then advocate for ever greater outsourcing – for example, in the NHS. (Although how that qualifies Reform to charitable status is puzzling).

That a local authority like Birmingham, currently cutting social care, meals-on-wheels and youth centres, thinks this is the best use of taxpayers’ money seems bizarre. Despite the enthusiasm of communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles for targetted attacks on local authorities and agencies he doesn’t like, we don’t expect he’ll be using his headlining appearance at the conference to comment.

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52 Responses to “Pro-cuts think tank Reform takes public sector sponsorship”

  1. Tim Saunders

    Pro-cuts think tank Reform takes public sector sponsorship: http://bit.ly/jQuqyV writes @DanielElton

  2. Political Scrapbook

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  3. Jade Constable

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  4. Alexander Young

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  5. Harry R

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  6. Jonathan Davis

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  7. Rad

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  8. Lee

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  9. Claire Spencer

    Birmingham Council finds new & offensive ways to waste money at the expense of services: http://bit.ly/jWfK4l Good digging by @danielelton.

  10. Claire Spencer

    Birmingham Council finds new & offensive ways to waste money at the expense of services: http://bit.ly/jWfK4l Good digging by @danielelton.

  11. textuallimits

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  12. Michael Bater

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  13. Tony Braisby

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  14. M&KH Labour Party

    Birmingham Council finds new & offensive ways to waste money at the expense of services: http://bit.ly/jWfK4l Good digging by @danielelton.

  15. M&KH Labour Party

    Birmingham Council finds new & offensive ways to waste money at the expense of services: http://bit.ly/jWfK4l Good digging by @danielelton.

  16. Brummie Protestor

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  17. Brummie Protestor

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  18. Tweet4Labour

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  19. Tweet4Labour

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  20. Karen Purdy

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  21. Leigh Thompson

    Pro-cuts think tank Reform takes public sector sponsorship: http://bit.ly/jQuqyV writes @DanielElton

  22. Nick Drew

    RT @thedancingflea: Birmingham City Council are spending the pennies wisely, I see: http://bit.ly/jWfK4l

  23. Steven Baxter

    RT @thedancingflea: Birmingham City Council are spending the pennies wisely, I see: http://bit.ly/jWfK4l

  24. Woodo

    RT @thedancingflea: Birmingham City Council are spending the pennies wisely, I see: http://bit.ly/jWfK4l

  25. Brownhills Bob

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  26. Greg Eden

    @stoneageman1 RT @thedancingflea: Birmingham City Council are spending the pennies wisely, I see: http://bit.ly/jWfK4l

  27. NJO

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  28. Hamish Drummond

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  29. Rhiannon Lockley

    Tory-Liberal Birmingham Council spends £7.5k sponsoring free market think tank (while cutting services) http://bit.ly/iQuwW4

  30. Kevin Davidson

    RT @thedancingflea: Birmingham City Council are spending the pennies wisely, I see: http://bit.ly/jWfK4l

  31. Ed's Talking Balls

    You’re right that it seems a waste of money. There’s too much of this think tank, wonkery nonsense these days. I wish people would stop trying to overcomplicate politics and realise that it should, at its heart, be about trying to make life better.

    I would point out, however, that two sentences in your first paragraph don’t follow on logically from one another. You state that Haldenby argues for job cuts in the NHS and the public sector as a whole, but your next sentence suggests that Haldenby advocates that these cutbacks should affect frontline staff.

    Is that the case? Surely there must be at least one million people working in the public sector who aren’t on the frontline.

  32. Pucci Dellanno

    Pro-cuts think tank Reform takes public sector sponsorship: http://bit.ly/jQuqyV writes @DanielElton

  33. vicki whelan

    RT @thedancingflea: Birmingham City Council are spending the pennies wisely, I see: http://bit.ly/jWfK4l

  34. Keira Evans-Determan

    Pro-cuts think tank Reform takes public sector sponsorship (Left Foot Forward): Tory-Lib Dem council Birmingham … http://bit.ly/isgo6X

  35. David Wood

    These are a bunch of hypocrites: RT @leftfootfwd: Pro-cuts think tank Reform takes public sector sponsorship http://t.co/2EDs2uV

  36. Sutton Coldfield CLP

    B'ham City Council sponsoring right wing thinktank conference. They should be spending the money on adult social care. http://t.co/EsrfTI8

  37. ann morgan

    RT @leftfootfwd: Pro-cuts think tank Reform takes public sector sponsorship http://t.co/sFy3fT5

  38. Mark Cantrell

    RT @leftfootfwd: Pro-cuts think tank Reform takes public sector sponsorship http://t.co/sFy3fT5

  39. Richard

    “You’re right that it seems a waste of money.”

    That’s the understatement of the week by the bollox-monger. It’s downright hypocritical!

  40. mr. Sensible

    ‘Ed’s Talking Balls’, there’s been a lot oftalk from the right about how there’s so much waste in the public sector, but judging by what’s being cut you wouldn’t know.

    At any rate, Daniel, you’re entirely right; Pickles seems to have a witch hunt against Labour-run Nottingham City Council, but I don’t expect this to get too much attention…

  41. Ed's Talking Balls

    Richard,

    Uncalled for. I wasn’t trying to downplay an obvious waste of money. I was agreeing with the author on that. But if you want to exchange gratuitous insults I’m sure I could do better than ‘bollox-monger’.

    Mr. Sensible,

    I’ve heard of, and seen first hand, public sector waste. I am adamant that the government has a duty to taxpayers to spend money confiscated from them responsibly. I would hope that no-one would disagree with that.

  42. Alex Snowdon

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  43. Dave Lansley

    RT @leftfootfwd: Pro-cuts think tank Reform takes public sector sponsorship http://t.co/WxbqT7Z #ohtheirony #nocuts

  44. Gareth Martin

    RT @leftfootfwd: Pro-cuts think tank Reform takes public sector sponsorship http://t.co/N5NYXZS

  45. Henry

    Talking of govt waste and Pickles, it was interesting that the mainstream media barely covered Pickles’ purchase of a large Jaguar to replace John Denham’s £20k Prius. And then there was Clegg’s £300,000 student proof car. If these had been Labour ministers….

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