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OFT dives into Choice and Competition in Public Services

By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships  The Government is arguing strongly for greater competition across nearly all public services with the exception of national security and the judiciary (Prime Minister’s Daily Telegraph article 21 February 2011).   Much of the case for greater competition is based on assumption and theory rather than evidence. […]

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Is the public sector thinking innovatively?

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor In the fourth of a five-part series, GO looks at how innovative ideas and solutions can help optimise efficiency savings for the public sector. Reduce spending, but deliver improved public services. With seemingly contradictory objectives like these, it is little wonder that some public procurement professionals feel that they […]

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Shared services – an opportunity for suppliers to break the mould?

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by Terry Street, Principal Consultant and Procurement and Outsourcing Product Manager, Socitm Consulting A major uncertainty around shared services has been clarified by last month’s Supreme Court judgment in the LAML case confirming that public bodies can legally share services with each other without necessarily having to give commercial suppliers the chance to bid. The […]

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Procurement and contracting should embrace transparency

By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships Government, the media, voluntary organisations, trade unions and the public are rightly demanding more transparency from the public sector. They want to know what outcomes are being secured; what resources are being spent; and who is benefiting from the expenditure. They wish to compare one agency […]

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Outsourcing – a key driver in beating the efficiency challenge?

In the third of a five-part series, GO looks at whether increased savings can be made through public sector outsourcing – is it friend or foe? Outsourcing could be the public sector’s weapon in meeting its stringent efficiency targets. If the public sector is to meet the efficiency targets set by the Chancellor in last […]

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Scottish and Welsh Budget announcements – live blog

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The Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly Government have announced their draft Budgets. Follow the GO Blog below for comment and analysis.   Scotland Budget will promote and secure recovery, protect frontline services and take forward action on climate change, states John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. Public bodies will deliver 3 per cent efficiencies in 2011-12 […]

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Spending Review 2010 – key points at a glance

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Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled the Government’s eagerly anticipated Spending Review. How will it affect you? Do you agree with the key findings? GO provides you with the key announcements at a glance. Central government – main announcements Next year expenditure will be £651bn, it will rise steadily to £693bn by 2014-15. Debt interest payments […]

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eProcurement tools beat the efficiency challenge

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Recently there has been a major push for the public sector to make increased efficiency savings while still maintaining best value on goods and services. In the second of a five-part series, GO looks at how increased savings can be made by utilising the latest eProcurement tools. With increased spending cuts of £6.2 billion, the […]

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Five ways to beat the efficiency challenge

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The new Coalition Government’s Emergency Budget has recommended an extra £6.2 billion of savings for 2010-11. This will impact on almost all public procurement departments, especially with nearly £2 billion of projects approved since 1 January this year also having been cancelled. With public procurement policy, spending and departmental structures all coming under intense scrutiny […]

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