Independent, non-party, charitable think tank Reform has published a research paper this week on improving government outsourcing (rather than banning it). Government needs private firms and charities to deliver public services, it says, but should improve the rules for outsourcing. The report calls for more training for civil servants dealing with private companies, charities and contracts which deliver wider social outcomes. It also calls for a review of the regulations that govern outsourcing but opposes the idea of banning private and third-sector involvement. The report is available as a pdf to download here.