Abandoning people to the private market in relation to services that affect every dimension of their basic well-being, without guaranteeing their access to minimum standards, is incompatible with human rights requirements.
At a time when a mass mobilisation of society's resources is required in the interests of public health, it is staggering to realise the extent to which essential goods and services that we depend upon are owned and controlled by private interests: health care, housing, social security, food, utilities, banks and internet provision.
PPR has created Corporate Network Explorer as a tool to help communities find out about private companies operating in their communities.
Over the next months on #NoOneLeftBehind, PPR will be collecting information and stories on some of the main companies receiving public money to deliver essential services: how much money do they receive, who controls them, who profits from their activities and what quality are their services?
We are calling for information on Mears Group PLC and CAPITA PLC.
In 2019, Mears Group PLC won a £1.5 billion contract to deliver the UK Home Office's Asylum Accommodation and Support Contracts (AASC) in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Yorkshire.
Since 2012 CAPITA PLC have been responsible for providing Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments to determine a person's ability to perform paid work - and subsequently their entitlement to disability benefits. The PIP contract between 2012-present is estimated to be about £100 million of public money.