The council spends hundreds of millions of pounds each year on goods and services. It can use this purchase power to bolster the local economy and support local jobs. A private multinational company will only buy from large suppliers even if this takes the money out of Barnet.
If anything goes wrong with the procurement of local services, it can have a catastrophic effect on local people and we have the right to get answers on what has gone wrong and why.
When a private company handles all the council's procurement, business secrecy will make it difficult to establish facts.