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WYG: ‘How a Planning Bill could secure vital investment in Scottish infrastructure’

Friday November 30th, 2018

New ideas on infrastructure funding to support development are sorely needed, argues WYG director Stefano Smith but the introduction of a local infrastructure levy could allow planning departments to regain confidence in delivery and make it easier to secure funding for vital projects (November 29th). “By and large there exists a general consensus regarding the […]

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John Tizard: Will ‘living wills’ add life to public outsourcing – or create complacency?

The Government has announced that in the aftermath of the collapse of Carillion outsourcing companies will have to draw up ‘living wills’ saying what would happen if they go bust or fail. It is proposed that these living wills would describe contingency plans explaining how public services could continue if a firm collapsed, enabling them […]

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John Tizard: Prompt payments matter

Successive governments have implored the public sector to ensure that they pay suppliers – especially smaller companies, charities and social enterprises – promptly. However, almost daily there are reports of such suppliers not being paid in accordance with government guidance or contract conditions. Delays can be many weeks and sometimes months. These delays have serious […]

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John Tizard: When outsourcing it’s vital to assess the full costs – not simply contract price

All too often public sector leaders and managers consider outsourcing public services because they believe it will save money. This can be tempting given the horrendous impact of austerity-driven cuts and budget constraints. With outsourcing as with many other temptations, it is always wise to consider the full implications of the offer before taking a […]

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John Tizard: More and more public services can be publicly owned and publicly managed in the public interest

As the Labour Party reaffirms its commitment to set in-house ownership and management as the default option for public services, public sector leaders and senior officials should consider how to respond. Most public bodies (including most local authorities) will have long-term outsourcing contracts and many will be considering whether to outsource other services or whether […]

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Climate Action Fund launched as part of the Project Ireland 2040 framework

Ireland has launched the Climate Action Fund as part of the overarching infrastructure framework Project Ireland 2040. Funding of €500 million through to 2027 will aim to combat fuel poverty, enhance renewable energy, and bolster local infrastructure such as electric vehicle networks, district heating. With the application deadline of 1 October 2018 looming, applications are […]

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John Tizard: Let’s hear it for relational partnerships between the public sector and VCS

Almost without exception, when I talk to trustees, staff and volunteers at small voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations and to those involved in local VCS infrastructure bodies, there is one very clear message: they are disappointed and frustrated in equal measure with the public sector’s (including local government’s) approach to commissioning and procurement. They […]

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Local infrastructure spend in Ireland 2018

Irish local infrastructure is set for rejuvenation as part of the government’s long-term investment strategy Project Ireland 2040. The two key pillars of funding are the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund and the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund. Rural Regeneration and Development Fund Launched in July 2018, the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund is a […]

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What is the Irish Government investing in?

When the roadmap for Project Ireland 2040 was published in July this year, the overarching policy initiative released with it by the Irish government contained a €116 billion spending strategy which aims to enhance the long-term infrastructure of Ireland. Key strands of the flagship plan are: Local Infrastructure €2 billion has been allocated to the […]

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Glasgow enjoys boost in government and local authority tender opportunities

Local authorities spend their allocated budgets on a multitude of goods, works and services. Most recently, Glasgow City Council has released a large amount of expenditure, with investment being made in many different projects across the city. Find out more about some of these projects below. Housing Housing has taken centre stage in Glasgow City […]

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