Mike Sivier:

The problem with this poll is that it was commissioned by a group that campaigns against private businesses running public services, and therefore has about as much relevance as a poll commissioned by the Conservative Party showing public support for it. My own belief is that privately-run public services are a mistake because taxpayers’ money is being siphoned off as profit, but we need unbiased research to prove it.

Originally posted on Benefit tales:

The public are overwhelmingly opposed to private firms running public services, a new poll has revealed.

The findings, in a Survation poll for campaign group We Own It, reveals the extent of public opposition to the role of Serco, G4S and others in providing public services.

Sixty-three per cent of people think Serco should be banned from bidding for any new public contracts after the firm was investigated for overcharging on government contracts.

Just seven per cent believed they should be able to bid for government contracts now.

Fifty-nine per cent of  people thought G4S should never be able to bid on another government contract after it overcharged for prison tags.

The poll comes as campaigners target Serco’s annual general meeting in London.

“People are feeling more than a little sick of Serco – too big to fail, too sprawling to deliver but too profit-hungry to serve us properly,” Cat…

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