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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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John Tizard: When outsourcing it’s vital to assess the full costs – not simply contract price

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All too often public sector leaders and managers consider outsourcing public services because they believe it will save money. This can be tempting given the horrendous impact of austerity-driven cuts and budget constraints. With outsourcing as with many other temptations, it is always wise to consider the full implications of the offer before taking a […]

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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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