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

Thursday October 29th, 2020

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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John Tizard: For SMEs and VCSE public procurement practice must match rhetoric

Government, local NHS and local government leaders are consistently imploring small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-up businesses, social enterprises, and small local charities to compete for tenders to deliver public services and to supply the public sector with goods. There are certainly enough reports, policy statements and political speeches on this subject to clog up […]

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John Tizard: Procurement cannot escape a Public Enquiry on COVID-19

Inevitably, there will be a public enquiry (ideally a judicial enquiry) on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the British people and economy. The enquiry should be, be comprehensive, wide ranging and consider matters including: • the preparedness of the UK governments, local government, the NHS and other public bodies • the impact of […]

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John Tizard: Covid-19 – public procurement has a critical role

The public sector requires specialist clinical technology including ventilators, high-standard personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitisers and much more. This requirement is urgent. The lack of basic equipment and materials is putting lives at risk – the lives of NHS, social care and other frontline workers as well as those of patients and the public. Accordingly, […]

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John Tizard: Let’s be very cautious before abandoning the EU public procurement regulations.

At the end of this year, the UK is almost certainly going to be outside the formal structures and membership of the European Union. At present no one knows what any final deal will contain, or indeed whether there will be any deal, though the Government seems to be heading for and comfortable with the […]

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John Tizard: Transparency matters in public sector outsourcing – but it must also be auditable

An ever-increasing proportion of total public expenditure goes to a complex web of organisations, including large contractors, SMEs, charities, housing associations and academy chains, who all deliver public services. All expenditure should be transparent. This is particularly the case when services are outsourced. I recently attended a discussion on contemporary outsourcing across the British public […]

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John Tizard: Will a majority Conservative Government lead to a public service outsourcing bonanza?

With the start of a new year and a new, strong majority Conservative Government, public service outsourcing companies are no doubt buoyed and optimistic, in anticipation of a splurge of new contracts as a consequence of no real thaw in the economic and political strategy of austerity. Of course, there are some signs that they […]

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