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John Tizard: Probation outsourcing – lessons must be learnt

Monday June 15th, 2020

The recent announcement by the Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland, that the outsourcing of the probation service is to end next year was welcome news to those who have long campaigned against Chris Grayling’s original decision to outsource. It has also been welcomed by staff, their trade unions and many of those committed to an effective […]

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John Tizard: For SMEs and VCSE public procurement practice must match rhetoric

Government, local NHS and local government leaders are consistently imploring small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-up businesses, social enterprises, and small local charities to compete for tenders to deliver public services and to supply the public sector with goods. There are certainly enough reports, policy statements and political speeches on this subject to clog up […]

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John Tizard: Procurement cannot escape a Public Enquiry on COVID-19

Inevitably, there will be a public enquiry (ideally a judicial enquiry) on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the British people and economy. The enquiry should be, be comprehensive, wide ranging and consider matters including: • the preparedness of the UK governments, local government, the NHS and other public bodies • the impact of […]

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John Tizard: Covid-19 – public procurement has a critical role

The public sector requires specialist clinical technology including ventilators, high-standard personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitisers and much more. This requirement is urgent. The lack of basic equipment and materials is putting lives at risk – the lives of NHS, social care and other frontline workers as well as those of patients and the public. Accordingly, […]

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John Tizard: Let’s be very cautious before abandoning the EU public procurement regulations.

At the end of this year, the UK is almost certainly going to be outside the formal structures and membership of the European Union. At present no one knows what any final deal will contain, or indeed whether there will be any deal, though the Government seems to be heading for and comfortable with the […]

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John Tizard: Transparency matters in public sector outsourcing – but it must also be auditable

An ever-increasing proportion of total public expenditure goes to a complex web of organisations, including large contractors, SMEs, charities, housing associations and academy chains, who all deliver public services. All expenditure should be transparent. This is particularly the case when services are outsourced. I recently attended a discussion on contemporary outsourcing across the British public […]

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John Tizard: Will a majority Conservative Government lead to a public service outsourcing bonanza?

With the start of a new year and a new, strong majority Conservative Government, public service outsourcing companies are no doubt buoyed and optimistic, in anticipation of a splurge of new contracts as a consequence of no real thaw in the economic and political strategy of austerity. Of course, there are some signs that they […]

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John Tizard: Seasonal thoughts for public procurement officials

The New Year celebrations will be followed closely by an awakening as dramatic as a bucket of iced water. Instead of cold water we are going to be rudely awakened by the realisation that austerity is set to continue for many years. Apart some modest real terms growth in NHS, policing, school and housing expenditure, […]

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John Tizard: Community Wealth Building offers the hope of real progressive change

An increasing number of local authorities across the country are adopting a concept termed ‘Community Wealth Building’. This progressive idea, which has an international genesis, is attracting a growing interest in this country. This is a clear sign that local government leaders, councillors, civil society and the communities they represent are seeking radical change. Specifically, […]

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John Tizard: It is time to democratise not marketise public services

Over the last four years successive governments have promoted and at times legislated for the marketisation of our public services. Competition, competitive tendering, outsourcing, PFI and other market-based approaches have been applied to services such as education, health, criminal justice, transport and many more. Citizens have been renamed consumers. Citizenship is about much more than […]

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