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The challenge and necessity of applying Hutton’s Fair Pay Code to contractors and PPPs

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By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships In his Review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector, Will Hutton states that when public services are outsourced or provided through some form of PPP … “… it is the taxpayer who is funding public services, however they are provided, and who needs assurance that […]

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Is the NHS getting a raw deal?

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By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor Yes, the NHS is in the spotlight again. This time for not achieving value for money across all trusts in the planning, procurement and performance of ‘high value equipment’. In the NAO report, Managing high value capital equipment in the NHS in England, the independent watchdog found that there […]

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Shortening the odds

By Terry Street, Principal Consultant and Procurement and Outsourcing Product Manager, Socitm Consulting With public sector budgets being squeezed tighter than ever, suppliers must focus on finding more opportunities and bidding more successfully. Sales teams will be scanning the various procurement portals and the OJEU or using various agencies to feed them notices of interest, […]

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Budget 2011 – The Impact of Events on Deficit Reduction Plans

 By Grahame Steed, Managing Editor, Government Opportunities Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s often quoted words may have been reverberating in George Osborne’s mind as he put the finishing touches to his Budget speech this morning. Macmillan once remarked that what he most feared were “Events, dear boy, events”. For Osborne, an already difficult Budget has been […]

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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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