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An autumn of challenge

Caught in the Storm

By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships The UK public sector faces a challenging autumn. The coming weeks will reveal whether or not this year’s budgets are on target or whether there will have to be further ‘in-year’ cuts to meet Government targets. Many public sector budgets were set on some precarious assumptions […]

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A guiding hand?

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By Shelley Queen, GO News Writer Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has published a one-page guidance on ways in which local authorities can cut unnecessary costs while protecting voluntary organisations that provide essential support to those who need it. But will the advice make a difference? The new guidance tries to get councils to consult local […]

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New procurement regulations in force from 1 October 2011

Law and Justice

By David Hansom, partner and head of public sector team, Veale Wasbrough Vizards David Hansom sets out the key changes and the points to note in the long awaited clarifications to the procurement rules. The Cabinet Office has published newly updated public procurement regulations. Making important changes to the rules, the new regulations will apply […]

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Budget pressures and change: opportunities for the procurement profession


By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships Public sector leaders and senior managers will over the next few weeks be returning from the well-earned summer breaks. Some will have been back in the office and their communities earlier than they planned and some may not have been away at all.  However, there will […]

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The future of European eProcurement

Government Opportunities

The European Commission is aiming to change the procurement process across the European Union through the use of eProcurement. eProcurement makes use of online communications and transaction processes to buy and tender for products and services. With this, the European Commission aims to cut costs and allow SMEs to become more competitive in the European […]

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Proof of delivery?

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By Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive, Association of Public Service Excellence Many extravagant claims have been made about the potential benefits that co-operatives and mutuals could bring as service delivery vehicles for the provision of local public services. However, when the evidence is examined in detail do these claims stand the test of scrutiny? This is […]

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Full potential still to be realised

Government Opportunities

By Terry Street, Principal Consultant and Procurement and Outsourcing Product Manager, Socitm Consulting What I call the ‘residual client function’ is one of my pet soapbox subjects so I felt rather smug when I read Public Administration Select Committee Chair Bernard Jenkin MP declare: “The Government needs to possess the necessary [IT] skills and knowledge […]

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Offshoring – the need to think before you jump!


By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships (CPSP@LGiU) As public expenditure pressures bite and cuts are made across the public sector, it is perhaps understandable why some leaders and senior managers are asking the question: “Could we save lots of money if we offshored services?” The Cabinet Office has in the last two […]

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It’s time to innovate our procurements – lawfully, including socioeconomic considerations

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David Hansom considers the extent to which social, economic and environmental issues can be included, and evaluated, in public procurement activity. All too often, a new procurement process will start with an old standard Pre Qualification Questionnaire or Invitation To Tender. One of the most common problems is using documents which are not directly relevant […]

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Untried but well trusted


By Ray Jackson, GO writer It’s safe to say that teething problems have been a major feature of the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) since its inception in 2008. Set up by the Scottish Government to operate ‘at arm’s length’, the organisation is charged with delivering value for money across public infrastructure investment. Its ability to […]

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