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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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John Tizard: Procuring from the VCSE is different from procuring from major corporates

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How often do I hear from voluntary and community organisations and small social enterprises (VCSE) that they are scarred and damaged by incredibly bureaucratic public procurement processes? The short answer is “far too often”! I find this both disappointing and frustrating. The position has with a few honourable exceptions changed very little over the last […]

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National GO Awards 2017/18 – Deadline Extended

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Enter the National GO Awards here Delighted to announce this short extension to the National GO Awards 2017/18. We do appreciate that sometimes you need a little more time with your submission and we hope that this extension will allow you to put your best case forward. There is no charge to enter. Please note […]

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John Tizard: Opportunity to showcase progressive public procurement

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I am delighted to be a judge for the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2017/18 (National GO Awards). Having judged these national awards on several previous occasions, I am expecting to evaluate some exciting entries. If past years are anything to go by, I expect that I will be disappointed when […]

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Jill Fryer: Remondis – court develops new principle for outsourcing without a procurement process

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Efficient service delivery continues to be a significant challenge for many public bodies, faced as they are with a number of economic, social and political difficulties. As if these difficulties were not enough, public bodies are also required to comply with the public procurement rules, which impose stringent requirements on how they can enter into contracts […]

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