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John Tizard: Extending the FoI Act to public contracts has never been more urgent

Wednesday April 28th, 2021

For many years, there has been pressure to extend the scope of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act to cover public procurement, contracting and outsourcing. There has been some progress and warm words from government ministers but there remains a long way to go to ensure full transparency. There are good reasons for such an […]

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John Tizard: Transparency and the Nolan Principles should be at the heart of both the governance of procurement and wider governance

The recent reporting of government contracts being awarded to people and businesses with personal and political relationships with ministers, special advisers, and others in and around government has predictably led to allegations of cronyism. The creation of a ‘VIP’ route for bidders and contractors has raised some serious questions about probity, adherence (or lack of) […]

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John Tizard: Insourcing – the future for public services

Many local authorities of all political persuasions have been insourcing previously outsourced public services over the last few years. There is no sign that this trend will not continue. Meanwhile central government has been pressing ahead with outsourcing. Ministers continue to promote the benefits of outsourcing services to the private sector and to argue for […]

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John Tizard: COVID-19 public procurement – learn lessons to improve

Over recent months the spotlight of public opinion and the media has understandably being shining on public procurement during the COVID-19 Some of the cases reported have raised major questions about value for money, probity, political influence in procurement decisions, and much more. They have led to much speculation about what has gone on and […]

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John Tizard: Is there a chance for one thin silver lining post-Brexit in public procurement?

Many commentators and analysts are trying hard to find many if any benefits of the Brexit deal agreed between the UK Government and the EU on Christmas Eve. I could be tempted to use this article to add my disappointment and concerns about a trade deal that actually diminishes our trading relationship with our biggest […]

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John Tizard: Look out for charities looking out for our communities

Many local authorities and health trusts have contracts and funding agreements with charities, including local voluntary and community groups. Sadly, however, even in the best of times, there are too many examples of these arrangements being one- sided and heavily biased in favour of the public sector. As to why this should be the case, […]

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John Tizard: NAO enquiry into Government COVID-19 procurement is welcome.

As part of its consideration of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Audit Office (NAO) is preparing a report, to be published later this year, which will consider: the scale of COVID-19-related procurement; to what extent (if any) procurement rules have changed as a consequence; and how the Government is managing the risks associated with these changes. Using […]

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John Tizard: As part of COVID recovery, public procurement should support local SMEs to support the local economy

Prospects for our national and local economies are more dire than for centuries. The country was already heading for a depression greater than any since the beginning of the eighteenth century because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this will be made significantly worse by the disruption caused by an increasing likelihood of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. […]

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John Tizard: Can COVID-19 be the catalyst to end marketisation and introduce relational partnerships with charities?

As the COVID-19 pandemic and the public sector’s response to it moves to a new phase, and whilst thoughts are turning to managing and surviving the pandemic for what may be many months or even years, there is much talk of a ‘new norm’. This cliché can mean much or little, depending on who is […]

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John Tizard: Probation outsourcing – lessons must be learnt

The recent announcement by the Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland, that the outsourcing of the probation service is to end next year was welcome news to those who have long campaigned against Chris Grayling’s original decision to outsource. It has also been welcomed by staff, their trade unions and many of those committed to an effective […]

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