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John Tizard: The Outsourcing Debate: strategic ‘make or buy’ decisions can protect the public interest

John Tizard

The efficacy and even the ethics of public service outsourcing are being seriously questioned across the political divide but especially by the left. Similar deliberations are going on amongst public sector executives. And it would be no surprise to learn that investors, staff and executives in major outsourcing companies are wondering if this business model […]

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John Tizard and David Walker: Time to stop the ‘love-in’ with public service outsourcing

David Walker

In a new Smith Institute report, Out of contract: Time to move on from the ‘love in’ with outsourcing and PFI, we are calling for an immediate pause in all public service contracting followed by a root-and-branch review of all existing deals. This report, published on 22 January. comes in the wake of the Carillion […]

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John Tizard: Public procurement professionals must step up and speak up in 2018

John Tizard

2018 will be another challenging year for the public sector. Austerity, cuts to funding, staffing and services will continue unless there is either a change of government in Westminster or the current government very surprisingly undergoes a Damascene conversion. Demand for services, especially social care, will continue to grow.  There will be ridiculous calls for […]

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Jon Fielding: GDPR: It’s time to find the chinks in your armour

Jon Fielding

The path to compliance with GDPR looks different for every organisation; it’s a tweak to an existing security policy for some, and a vast project for others. For many UK organisations, the journey is far from over: research from Apricorn has found a significant gap in understanding of what is required to comply. While 24% […]

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John Tizard: Don’t avoid social outcomes in public procurement; these can be EU-compliant

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Last week when attending the European Public Service Awards (EPSA) Final Event and Awards Ceremony in Maastricht, in addition to meeting, talking with and learning from the many award winners from across Europe it was very encouraging to hear a senior EU Commission official speak about the need to address social outcomes through public procurement. […]

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John Tizard: UK public procurement should learn from India and put ‘place’ first

John Tizard

Many local authorities are rightly keen to use their local procurement spending to boost their local economies and communities. While some are making good progress, it is perplexing to find others being hesitant, not least because (incorrectly) they are worried that such action may not be compliant with UK and EU regulations. I have often […]

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John Tizard: Public service outsourcing must promote whistleblowing

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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

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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

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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

John Tizard

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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