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John Tizard: Public services and hedge funds do not equate

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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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John Tizard: You don’t build partnerships through competitive tendering

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The voluntary and community sector, especially small local VCS groups, can offer so much – and ‘partnership’ between a vibrant and confident local voluntary and community sector and the public sector, especially local government but also the NHS and police, is critical to securing community wellbeing. In any ‘place’ the VCS will not be homogeneous, […]

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David Lidlington’s five public interest objectives for outsourcing are welcome; will he go for a dozen?

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It is very encouraging to hear the following words and commitment from David Lidington, Minister for the Cabinet Office: “Every year, the Government spends £49 billion with external organisations and it is morally right that we make sure none of that money goes to any organisations who profit from the evil practices of modern slavery. […]

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John Tizard: Wales can lead the way and move on from outsourcing public services

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This article is based on a report which I co-authored with Dr Megan Mathias for the Wales Centre for Public Policy on public service stewardship and moving beyond contracting. The report was published earlier this month. It can be found at https://www.wcpp.org.uk/commentary/beyond-contracting-public-service-stewardship-to-maximise-public-value/. The public sector in Wales spends over £6bn per year on the procurement […]

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Conor Lyons: UK Government planning safety inspections on farms throughout 2019

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The UK Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently announced that they will be paying closer attention to how farms manage risks in the workplace. HSE will conduct inspections to review farms across the country, which will begin very soon. They will continue throughout the year, potentially visiting the same locations more than […]

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John Tizard: Carillion – a year on, and much still remains to be done

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A year ago, the construction and outsourcing company Carillion collapsed, leaving unbuilt buildings and hospitals, public services (including school meals) undelivered, substantial job losses from the company and across its supply chain, and many small businesses bankrupt.  Plus the tax payer has had to find £150m to pay the costs of the company’s failure and […]

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John Tizard: Festive public procurement crackers

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Even public sector procurement officials will be taking some time off over the next couple of weeks to sit around their Christmas trees, perhaps with a glass in their hands. Like all public sector officials, they deserve a rest and time to recharge. I hope that there will be lots of rest, good food and […]

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

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?

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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

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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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