Public services in Scotland could be improved by giving the voluntary sector a greater role in deliverying them, a think tank has claimed.
Reform Scotland is calling for a radical rethink of the role the voluntary sector plays in many parts of community life. It made the controversial suggestion that schools could be run by voluntary organisations insead of local authorities, and hospitals removed from NHS control.
Alison Payne, research director at Reform Scotland, and a co-author of the report, said Scotland has more than 45,000 voluntary organisations, employing 5 per cent of the workforce. An extended third sector would offer innovation and choice, she said.