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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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Rise in SMEs winning public sector tenders in Scotland

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A recent report  by Public Contracts Scotland shows that almost eighty per cent of public sector contracts in Scotland are awarded to SMEs. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has, in turn, credited the 2016 Procurement Reform Scotland Act with cementing the position of SMEs as key players across all public sector procurement programmes. The ‘CivTech’ programme […]

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John Tizard: Summer reflections can make for a better future

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As the summer holidays are upon us, many public sector leaders and procurement officials will hopefully be taking time to gain some rest and recharge their batteries for what it is likely to be a challenging autumn and winter. I wish you well on your chosen breaks and I also hope that those unable to […]

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It is now easier to bid for Government tenders

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The recent relaunch of the Crown Commercial Service’s procurement process has demonstrated the Government’s efforts to improve UK procurement and make it easier to bid for public tenders. The new process ‘streamlines procurement’ for SME businesses that supply to public sector organisations through Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement frameworks. Government eliminates red tape around procurement […]

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Public Sector Tenders in the UK – Energy Sector

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Across the UK public sector landscape, organisations and governments alike are stepping up ambitious efforts to increase spending on energy projects in line with the transition to a low carbon economy. The UK Government has recently announced pioneering policies such as the mass rollout of energy smart meters, the introduction of electric vehicle infrastructure and […]

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