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John Tizard: Public service outsourcing must promote whistleblowing

Monday October 9th, 2017

Last week the Bath Chronicle reported that Virgin Care asked staff not to report their safety concerns to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) or other regulators. If this is the case, it is wrong and unacceptable. Registered managers in health and social care have a legal obligation to report issues to the CQC if they […]

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Public sector outsourcing and contractors must always be transparent

The BBC programme Panorama recently reported that it had seen documents suggesting that G4S has been making significant profits from running two immigration removal centres near Gatwick Airport. One of these, Brook House, was the focus of a Panorama investigation, which exposed chaos, bullying and and the abusive treatment of detainees by some staff. Panorama […]

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John Tizard: We don’t need Brexit to improve public procurement

The English Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the Government to reform public procurement regulations if Brexit occurs. It is arguing that the Government should introduce a more efficient UK system of regulating how the public sector, and in particular local authorities, procure goods and services if and when the UK leaves the European […]

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John Tizard: Grenfell Tower – procurement lessons must be learnt

The content of this blog reflects the author’s views, which are not necessarily those of BiP Group The Grenfell Tower fire was an appalling atrocity. The human consequences are horrendous and will sadly continue for many years.  Lessons must be learned. Quite rightly, the Government has established an enquiry, which must have as wide a […]

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John Tizard: Listen to, and above all involve the real experts – service users, tenants, staff…

There is absolutely no excuse for not involving and listening to critical stakeholders when the public sector is developing policy or designing, commissioning, procuring, monitoring and reviewing services. At a practical level, for local government this means ‘involving’ local communities, service users, local businesses, and voluntary sector bodies – all, in their own way, representing […]

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Glenn Thorsen: Blockchain, poised to transform public services

Initially devised to enable secure trading over the internet using the virtual currency Bitcoin, Blockchain is poised to transform public services. For procurement, finance, maintenance and asset management departments it is a gift – offering secure, automated transactions that cannot be tampered with without leaving electronic fingerprints all over the scene of the crime. Blockchain […]

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John Tizard: Public sector procurers must respect the voluntary and community sector, or it will not be there for them when they need it

This week, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) will warn that charities believe their relationship with the state is increasingly dysfunctional, with many of those charities most dependent on public service contracts now seriously struggling. In a  report to be published on Wednesday, NPC will report the alarming news that “nearly two-thirds of charities say they have […]

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Public procurement should be delivering opportunities for people with disabilities

Reading the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)’s report on employment for people with disabilities (or perhaps more aptly ‘lack of employment for people with disabilities’) Rethinking Disability Work http://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/core/wp-, I was reminded that although we have made progress in this country in terms of rights for people with disabilities there is a long, long way […]

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Public procurement should be proportionate to risks – not fuel insatiable bureaucratic appetites

Public procurement regulations, whether at a European, national or organisational level, are very important and have huge impact. They should safeguard public interests and ensure public value, which should include ensuring value for money is secured. They should also guarantee probity and ethical standards. And they should, in my view, promote wider public policy including […]

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How to deal with ‘abnormally low’ tender bids by Jill Fryer – Harper Macleod LLP

In the current economic climate, there is fierce competition for public sector work, with some suppliers willing to submit a very competitive tender in order to obtain an often relatively long-term contract, safeguard their workforce and engage with a public sector client who will almost certainly be able to pay the bills.   Low prices […]

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