Squaring the Circle: How charities can help Government cut spending whilst protecting society’s most vulnerable

This report outlined a roadmap for government to reduce their spending on public services, without harming societies most vulnerable. It held that this should be achieved through extended use of charities as contractors for government services.

This was produced during a period in which many charities were, understandably, concerned about the level of cuts which the new Coalition government had announced. There was a very real concern that fiscal tightening would lead to societies most vulnerable being harmed – an outcome antithetical to the third sector.

The report contained numerous case studies of where charities were already providing crucial services to vulnerable people. However, it did not endorse the state simply stepping back and allowing charities to pick up the pieces. Instead, it outlined a vision of the state working in tandem
with the third sector to deliver better public services.

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