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'Outsource more council services'

The head of one of the UK's biggest suppliers to local councils has said that they looking for more infrastructure spending in next week's Budget and they would like to see more of that money going through local authorities.

Philip Fellowes-Prynne, chief executive of infrastructure services firm May Gurney, told the Today programme's Lesley Curwen, that infrastructure spending is "a good way of getting money into the economy".

He said that "our duty is to provide service more efficiently so council can spend more on frontline services" and insisted that the efficiencies May Guerney can bring will outweigh the cost.

May Gurney employs more that 6,000 people and mend potholes, collect and recycle household rubbish, clean streets, repair street lights and rebuild railway bridges.

Seventy percent of its business is with local authorities but Philip Fellowes-Prynne maintained there was further scope for further outsourcing of services.

He said that 50% of environmental services are still in-house, which he thinks that through better organising and planning, it can be done less expensively.

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