Competition Provides Value for Money

August 21, 2009 3:00 PM

Today on his blog John Redwood MP discusses the Local Government Association proposals to increase competition and choice in school uniforms, through a series of measures including making school branding and insignia available to convert the affordable clothes found in supermarkets into acceptable school uniforms. Simple free-market measures like these would benefit hard working families who are feeling the pinch of the ongoing recession and should not be asked to supplement their children’s schools’ funding by forking out for uniforms at high prices thanks to a supplier monopoly.


Mr Redwood takes this a step further:


“So why can’t Councils apply this logic to some of their own services, where the monopoly service can be both expensive and not of the quality we want. I look forward to the day when I can choose from a range of car parking providers using Council land for car parks who compete on price and service, and to being able to select a refuse disposal service that meets my needs at a sensible price. I am going to have a long wait.”


That’s a good point.

Today on his blog John Redwood MP discusses the Local Government Association proposals to increase competition and choice in school uniforms, through a series of measures including making school branding and insignia available to convert the affordable clothes found in supermarkets into acceptable school uniforms. Simple free-market measures like these would benefit hard working families who are feeling the pinch of the ongoing recession and should not be asked to supplement their children’s schools’ funding by forking out for uniforms at high prices thanks to a supplier monopoly.


Mr Redwood takes this a step further:


“So why can’t Councils apply this logic to some of their own services, where the monopoly service can be both expensive and not of the quality we want. I look forward to the day when I can choose from a range of car parking providers using Council land for car parks who compete on price and service, and to being able to select a refuse disposal service that meets my needs at a sensible price. I am going to have a long wait.”


That’s a good point.

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