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Bidding system for public sector contracts is not working, says Barnardo’s chief executive

Barnardo’s is walking away from many public service delivery contracts because councils pay too little, demand too much and waste charities’ time, its chief executive told the Conservative Party Conference heard this week.

Javed Khan was speaking at a round-table event hosted by charity leaders infrastructure body Acevo. He said that demand is increasing and Barnardo’s was being asked “to do much more for the same money of less”.

He called for the entire system to be restructured.

“Quality is non-negotiable,” he said. “In the last year we have walked away from more offers of work than we have accepted.”

Earlier this year the Children’s Society’s chief executive, Matthew Reed, made a similar claim about walking away from public sector contracts.

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