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Doing more with less, now


By Ray Jackson, GO Writer With the knock-on effects of last year’s Spending Review now in full swing, more and more local authorities are coming round to the idea of shared services. Government cuts to key services mean that now more than ever councils and local organisations must commit to that overused but essential ethos […]

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The London 2012 Olympic Games: one year to go

By Shelly Queen, GO Features Writer It was recently announced that, with one year to go before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the estimated final cost of hosting the event has decreased to £7.25 billion. The projected budget was £2.4 billion when the bid was first successful in 2002; however, the then Culture Secretary […]

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The remedies rules – a ticking time bomb?

By David Hansom, partner and head of public sector team, Veale Wasbrough Vizards David Hansom looks at the case law and identifies some key themes coming out of the early procurement challenges to be brought under the Remedies Directive. Public procurement is in a state of change. The Government has promised to ‘look again’ at […]

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Cost-saving opportunities exist


By Terry Street, Principal Consultant and Procurement Specialist, Socitm Consulting I recently had a client asking for advice because his supply contract was up for renewal and the authority was now asking for bidders to identify how they would provide 20 per cent savings over the life of the contract. As an SME competing with […]

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On the road to Open Data

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By Ian Manocha, Managing Director, SAS UK and Ireland According to Tim Kelsey, the Government’s director of transparency, data is set to transform public services. Speaking at ‘Where next for Open Data?, an event held by the think tank Demos and SAS, Kelsey set out his aspirations for Open Data. His vision is that Open […]

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A caring community?

Carer and elderly woman

By Shelley Queen, GO News Writer Britain’s biggest care home operator, Southern Cross, has announced that it is closing down after being unable to afford rent rates. The landlords who currently own the care homes will have to decide whether they keep the homes they are in charge of open, or sell them off. This […]

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By Matt Howell, Vice President, Capgemini Public Services The Cabinet Office’s piloting of as a replacement for should be welcomed for various reasons. First is the use of agile software development techniques to deliver the project within a short timescale and with limited resources. Second is the early launch of the service to […]

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The challenge of the ‘right to challenge supply’


By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships The Government intends to extend the ‘right to challenge supply’ to all local authority services, into the NHS and across the wider public sector. Originally the intention was to offer this to community and voluntary groups, and to staff currently employed in the public sector. However, […]

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Another fine mess?

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By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor Since the recent announcement that German-based contractor Siemens had won the £1.4 billion Thameslink contract over UK firm Bombardier, the question on everyone’s lips has been – how could the Government let this happen? The Thameslink Rolling Stock Programme covers the delivery, maintenance and financing of around 1200 vehicles […]

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PFI must be reformed


By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships The recent parliamentary and media pressure for greater transparency, stronger accountability and a ‘better deal’ for the public sector from PFI and similar Public Private Partnerships is unlikely to abate until the industry responds with solutions. Reform is in the air. The industry has a choice. […]

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