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Minister hints at feelgood factors - Wednesday, 16 November 2005

When Patricia Hewitt, the health secretary, argues for more competition in health and social services in England, she insists that she is not just talking about privatisation. The voluntary sector should have a share of the action.

But how should the charities prepare for this challenge? In a speech to their chief executives yesterday, care minister Liam Byrne began to provide the answer. The government is ready to make it easier for voluntary organisations to bid for work, he said. Longer-term contracts, lower tendering costs and streamlined regulation are all on the cards.
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