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

Monday February 10th, 2020

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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John Tizard: Resetting the default as ‘in-house’ public services

In July the Labour party launched its new policy for local government services – ‘Democratising Local Public Services: A Plan for Twenty-First Century Insourcing’ is both radical and timely (http://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Democratising-Local-Public-Services.pdf). As the title suggests, the policy advocates that local authorities should set the default for their services as in-house publicly managed and publicly owned. A […]

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Scotland moves closer to new offshore wind leasing

A new pipeline of commercial-scale offshore wind farms came a step closer as Crown Estate Scotland made details of leasing available so that developers can start preparing project proposals. The near-final documentation released in pre-launch includes some of the proposed steps and processes which are currently close to completion. Developers can now access detailed documents […]

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John Tizard: Summer reflections

It has been another challenging six months for those working in the public sector, as it has in other sectors too, but the accumulative effect of over ten years of austerity is taking its toll. Local authorities are reporting that they cannot guarantee to meet their statutory duties and are struggling to respond to increases […]

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John Tizard: Let’s radically strengthen the Social Value Act – let’s change culture, not just the rules

The Government is currently consulting on the future and potential strengthening of social value legislation and regulation. This is to be welcomed. When a public body spends public money, whether through directly managed services, campaigns to influence public or business behaviour or procuring services and goods, it should always seek to maximise public benefit. I […]

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John Tizard: Public services and hedge funds do not equate

At the end of last month Britain’s second-biggest care home operator, Four Seasons, appointed administrators to push through a sale in a last-ditch attempt to save the business that houses 17,000 residents. The administration of two holding companies — which were set up by the care home chain’s former private equity owner, Terra Firma — […]

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