Children's charities call for an end to 'price-driven competition' in public service provision
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Children's charities call for an end to 'price-driven competition' in public service provision

28 Jul 2014 | Kirsty Weakley

A coalition of 29 children’s charities and trade unions including Barnardo's and Action for Children have joined forces to call for a restructure of commissioning for children’s services.

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