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Proof of delivery?

By Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive, Association of Public Service Excellence Many extravagant claims have been made about the potential benefits that co-operatives and mutuals could bring as service delivery vehicles for the provision of local public services. However, when the evidence is examined in detail do these claims stand the test of scrutiny? This is […]

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Full potential still to be realised

By Terry Street, Principal Consultant and Procurement and Outsourcing Product Manager, Socitm Consulting What I call the ‘residual client function’ is one of my pet soapbox subjects so I felt rather smug when I read Public Administration Select Committee Chair Bernard Jenkin MP declare: “The Government needs to possess the necessary [IT] skills and knowledge […]

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Offshoring – the need to think before you jump!

By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships ([email protected]) As public expenditure pressures bite and cuts are made across the public sector, it is perhaps understandable why some leaders and senior managers are asking the question: “Could we save lots of money if we offshored services?” The Cabinet Office has in the last two […]

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It’s time to innovate our procurements – lawfully, including socioeconomic considerations

David Hansom considers the extent to which social, economic and environmental issues can be included, and evaluated, in public procurement activity. All too often, a new procurement process will start with an old standard Pre Qualification Questionnaire or Invitation To Tender. One of the most common problems is using documents which are not directly relevant […]

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Untried but well trusted

By Ray Jackson, GO writer It’s safe to say that teething problems have been a major feature of the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) since its inception in 2008. Set up by the Scottish Government to operate ‘at arm’s length’, the organisation is charged with delivering value for money across public infrastructure investment. Its ability to […]

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Doing more with less, now

By Ray Jackson, GO Writer With the knock-on effects of last year’s Spending Review now in full swing, more and more local authorities are coming round to the idea of shared services. Government cuts to key services mean that now more than ever councils and local organisations must commit to that overused but essential ethos […]

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The London 2012 Olympic Games: one year to go

By Shelly Queen, GO Features Writer It was recently announced that, with one year to go before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the estimated final cost of hosting the event has decreased to £7.25 billion. The projected budget was £2.4 billion when the bid was first successful in 2002; however, the then Culture Secretary […]

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The remedies rules – a ticking time bomb?

By David Hansom, partner and head of public sector team, Veale Wasbrough Vizards David Hansom looks at the case law and identifies some key themes coming out of the early procurement challenges to be brought under the Remedies Directive. Public procurement is in a state of change. The Government has promised to ‘look again’ at […]

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Cost-saving opportunities exist

By Terry Street, Principal Consultant and Procurement Specialist, Socitm Consulting I recently had a client asking for advice because his supply contract was up for renewal and the authority was now asking for bidders to identify how they would provide 20 per cent savings over the life of the contract. As an SME competing with […]

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On the road to Open Data

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By Ian Manocha, Managing Director, SAS UK and Ireland According to Tim Kelsey, the Government’s director of transparency, data is set to transform public services. Speaking at ‘Where next for Open Data?, an event held by the think tank Demos and SAS, Kelsey set out his aspirations for Open Data. His vision is that Open […]

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