This is a persuasive argument.
Considering the pathetic performance of all the privatised utilities, that don’t offer value for money and do exist to make profit for their shareholders rather than to provide a service for the public, can anybody suggest otherwise?
Councils should be able to run utilities in their areas as part of moves to “roll back the tide” of privatisation, Jeremy Corbyn will say.
Privatisation of services has made them less accountable, the Labour leader will tell a conference in Nottingham.
He will say English councils should have similar powers to cities on the continent, where local authorities have control of water and energy services.
His comments come ahead of May’s local elections in England.
“Privatisation isn’t just about who runs a service, it’s about who services are accountable to,” he will say.
“It’s about who shares the rewards, about protecting the workforce and getting a good deal for local people who use the services.
“After a generation of forced privatisation and outsourcing of public services, the evidence has built up that handing services over to private companies routinely delivers poorer quality, higher cost, worse terms and conditions for the workforce, less transparency and less say for the public.
“We will give councils greater freedoms to roll back the tide of forced privatisation.
“It locks people out of decision-making, makes services less accountable, too often means a bad deal for taxpayers, a bad deal for communities and a bad deal for workers too.”
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