Could opening up more public services to competition save £22.6 billion?

The CBI thinks so.

The CBI says the government could achieve major savings when public services open up to a range of diverse providers. Savings “come primarily through efficiencies and productivity improvements – doing what is already done to the same or higher standard but at lower cost. They can be achieved while still maintaining the quality of the service offered and, in many cases, improving it”

I’m not surprised that the CBI should say this but I’m not sure it is as simple as they make it out to be. And the Local Government Association reckons “The estimated savings are pie in the sky” – I’m not really surprised by this reaction either