G4S and Serco should be banned from public contracts, finds poll
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New poll results have shown that a majority of people want G4S and Serco banned from running public contracts if found guilty of fraud.
The justice secretary Chris Grayling is currently allowing the firms to bid for new Ministry of Justice contracts worth £800 million, despite fraud investigations hanging over both.
The minister has said that should the companies win any bids, they won't be given the go-ahead until they have been audited.
However, the shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, has said the firms should be barred from bidding until they are cleared of any wrongdoing.
Polling on public attitudes by Survation for campaign group We Own It asked the public what should happen if companies like G4S and Serco are found to have defrauded the taxpayer.
A majority of 58% believe they should have all government contracts taken away and be banned from bidding again on public service provision. And though 27% said they should pay a fine and have the contract removed, only 6% said they should pay a fine but be allowed to continue running the service.
Additionally, when asked whether public services should be put back out to tender or run by the government after private company mismanagement, 40% of those polled said the service should be put back out to tender, while 47% said the service should be publicly run.