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Councils to outsource a third of all services by 2015

Local authorities plan to outsource 32 per cent of all services by 2014/15, according to the latest research by YouGov, for support services and construction company, Interserve.

Outsourcing currently accounts for a quarter (26 per cent) of all council services and has grown by six percentage points, from 20 per cent, in the last twelve months, as councils seek efficiencies.

Authorities report savings of 16 per cent to date but need to achieve another 18 per cent by 2014/15. However, with 31 per cent of councils not expecting to achieve their target cuts in this timeframe, splits are emerging as to the best way forward.

Those councils who need to make greater than average savings (over 25 per cent efficiency savings) or have larger budgets (over

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