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By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor GO looks at the Scottish Spending Review 2011 and the responses it has received throughout the procurement arena. This week the Scottish Spending Review 2011 confirmed that, despite a 36 per cent real terms cut to Scotland’s capital budget in the UK spending review, it is expected that Government-supported […]

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Toughening up

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By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor A new study has found that English local authorities are in danger of becoming the ‘soft touch’ in the UK public sector as the UK central government follows the Scottish public sector in driving forward collaborative commissioning and optimising their collective influence in markets. As local authorities approach the […]

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Building strong foundations

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By Shelley Queen, GO News Writer The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published a report on the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and how successfully private firms can build and maintain public infrastructure. Although the report states that PFI has enabled many new public buildings and services to be delivered, some of which […]

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Police overspend on employment

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The Policy Exchange has recently released a report entitled The Cost of the Cops. The report examines issues around police manpower and deployment in England and Wales and highlights the millions of pounds being wasted on having fully trained police officers in positions that could easily be filled by civilians. At a time when police […]

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The winning bid

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Each year, public sector spending on goods and services is estimated to be around £236 billion, making the supply of these services a very lucrative opportunity for businesses. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often best placed to offer such solutions but, at the same time, the government is aware that smaller companies can find […]

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CBI report on the Private Finance Initiative

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The Government is starting to look closely at how the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) operates and to examine how Public Private Partnership (PPP) contracts work, in order to improve the service as a whole. In light of this, the CBI has published a report Building Strong Foundations: Financing UK Infrastructure, stating that the Government needs […]

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Spotlight on spend

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Public spending is a high profile subject at present; and is set to continue to be for some time to come. The Coalition Government has made significant progress in prompting both central and local government to make its spend data transparent. However, making this data both useful and actionable has been difficult; until now. Tracker […]

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GO Interview – Ian Eker, Director of Public Services Scotland at Hays

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In May 2011, a joint Hays/CBI report ‘Thinking Positive: the 21st century employment relationship’ called on the Government to ‘fundamentally rethink its approach to employment law’ in order to promote workplace flexibility and foster better employment relations. Alongside the CBI, Hays explored how the employment relationship has changed, concluding that leaders should build on the […]

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Why it’s more than just procurement

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Rainer Majcen, Managing Director, Public Sector, arvato, examines the nature of partnership in outsourcing One of the most emotive issues surrounding outsourcing is that of front-line services. This is only natural, since these are the visible, tangible services with which local citizens come into direct contact. As a result, what the outsourcing of front-line services […]

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Open Public Services White Paper

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The recently published Open Public Services White Paper states that the Government wants the public have more choice and control over public services. But is this something that can really work across such a vast and complicated sector? The Government has also unveiled a website explaining what the Open Public Services paper aims to achieve […]

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