(not satire -it’s the UK today)
The amount of taxpayers’ money which the UK government has handed over to private company SERCO for privatised services has been seriously underestimated by commentators.
It’s hard to find out the total amount of money Cameron’s government has dished out to SERCO because we – the taxpayers – are not allowed to know.
That’s because the government has made sure that private companies which take over public services are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.
But the amount of our money being pocketed by SERCO for government contracts should be counted in the billions – not millions as is so often quoted in the press.
For example, SERCO’s UK defence contracts alone are worth over 4 billion.
And its NHS contracts are now worth over 1 billion.
On top of those contracts, SERCO also runs our prisons, rail companies, hospitals, immigration services, ferries, schools inspections, nuclear reprocessing sites, our ballistic missile early warning systems and sports centres.
So what is it with the Cameron government’s obsession with handing over more and more taxpayers’ money to SERCO despite the fact the Serious Fraud Office has been investigating the company for overcharging us?
That’s easy to answer.
No wonder Scotland’s so desperate to get away from Westminster.
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