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John Tizard: Seasonal thoughts for public procurement officials

John Tizard

The New Year celebrations will be followed closely by an awakening as dramatic as a bucket of iced water. Instead of cold water we are going to be rudely awakened by the realisation that austerity is set to continue for many years. Apart some modest real terms growth in NHS, policing, school and housing expenditure, […]

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John Tizard: Community Wealth Building offers the hope of real progressive change

John Tizard

An increasing number of local authorities across the country are adopting a concept termed ‘Community Wealth Building’. This progressive idea, which has an international genesis, is attracting a growing interest in this country. This is a clear sign that local government leaders, councillors, civil society and the communities they represent are seeking radical change. Specifically, […]

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John Tizard: It is time to democratise not marketise public services

John Tizard

Over the last four years successive governments have promoted and at times legislated for the marketisation of our public services. Competition, competitive tendering, outsourcing, PFI and other market-based approaches have been applied to services such as education, health, criminal justice, transport and many more. Citizens have been renamed consumers. Citizenship is about much more than […]

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John Tizard: Resetting the default as ‘in-house’ public services

John Tizard

In July the Labour party launched its new policy for local government services – ‘Democratising Local Public Services: A Plan for Twenty-First Century Insourcing’ is both radical and timely (http://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Democratising-Local-Public-Services.pdf). As the title suggests, the policy advocates that local authorities should set the default for their services as in-house publicly managed and publicly owned. A […]

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Scotland moves closer to new offshore wind leasing

A new pipeline of commercial-scale offshore wind farms came a step closer as Crown Estate Scotland made details of leasing available so that developers can start preparing project proposals. The near-final documentation released in pre-launch includes some of the proposed steps and processes which are currently close to completion. Developers can now access detailed documents […]

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John Tizard: Summer reflections

John Tizard

It has been another challenging six months for those working in the public sector, as it has in other sectors too, but the accumulative effect of over ten years of austerity is taking its toll. Local authorities are reporting that they cannot guarantee to meet their statutory duties and are struggling to respond to increases […]

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John Tizard: Let’s radically strengthen the Social Value Act – let’s change culture, not just the rules

John Tizard

The Government is currently consulting on the future and potential strengthening of social value legislation and regulation. This is to be welcomed. When a public body spends public money, whether through directly managed services, campaigns to influence public or business behaviour or procuring services and goods, it should always seek to maximise public benefit. I […]

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John Tizard: Public services and hedge funds do not equate

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At the end of last month Britain’s second-biggest care home operator, Four Seasons, appointed administrators to push through a sale in a last-ditch attempt to save the business that houses 17,000 residents. The administration of two holding companies — which were set up by the care home chain’s former private equity owner, Terra Firma — […]

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John Tizard: You don’t build partnerships through competitive tendering

John Tizard

The voluntary and community sector, especially small local VCS groups, can offer so much – and ‘partnership’ between a vibrant and confident local voluntary and community sector and the public sector, especially local government but also the NHS and police, is critical to securing community wellbeing. In any ‘place’ the VCS will not be homogeneous, […]

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David Lidlington’s five public interest objectives for outsourcing are welcome; will he go for a dozen?

John Tizard

It is very encouraging to hear the following words and commitment from David Lidington, Minister for the Cabinet Office: “Every year, the Government spends £49 billion with external organisations and it is morally right that we make sure none of that money goes to any organisations who profit from the evil practices of modern slavery. […]

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