16 May 2018

  |  CBI Press Team

Press release

Carillion should be catalyst for public and private sectors working better together

The CBI has issued a statement following the publication of the Work and Pensions and BEIS Committees’ report on Carillion.

Carillion should be catalyst for public and private sectors working better together

Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:

“The language of the report suggests committee members think business in general is greedy and reckless. This is irresponsible and wholly inaccurate.

“Carillion was a painful lesson for business and government on the dangers of short-termism in public service contracts. This failure should act as a catalyst for a level-headed discussion about how the public and private sectors work together to deliver value to society, as they so often do.

“200,000 organisations play a vital role in delivering public services, providing much-needed innovation and investment - whether through building new classrooms or transforming frontline public services - often in very challenging circumstances.

“Knee-jerk soundbites on Carillon risk locking out innovation and investment at a time when it’s needed most.”