He told a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Bournemouth that few people could disagree with the idea of users of public services having the choice of how they wanted them delivered.
But Bundred said there was a cost to delivering choice which might need over capacity to enable people to exercise that right.
He added that there was a problem of reconciling choice with value for money. ‘Increasing choice in public services might need taxes to rise,’ warned Bundred.
And he said that an Audit Commission opinion survey showed that while people favoured choice in public services as an idea they were much less keen if they had to pay for it through increased taxes.
Increase governance without stifling competitiveness; enforce already-in-place rules; were the key messages from the business community after the government released a green paper on governance
Tax experts argue the government could end up with “precisely the uneven playing field” that it wants to abolish, in reining in salary sacrifice schemes
A multi-billion pound infrastructure investment programme has been announced by chancellor Philip Hammond in his first Autumn Statement.
Prime minister May outlines tax incentives to boost high-tech business, and further corporation tax rate cuts, to the CBI