A recent survey reported that 38% of councils believe that there is no service which is inappropriate to outsource, and that in order to meet efficiency savings, up to a third of all services will be outsourced by 2014/15. However, this ‘outsource everything’ approach has not found favour everywhere. This week has seen Cornwall Council make an abrupt about turn on their decision to outsource procurement. 17 council members voted that procurement outsourcing could have adverse effects on the council regarding that old bug-bear, accountability. Recent conservation reform plans have likewise resulted in uproar, with critics knocking the effective privatisation of the role of conservation officer and the lack of impartiality this could lead to. So, are there, after all, some services that just shouldn’t be outsourced?