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By Shelley Queen, GO News Writer Britain’s biggest care home operator, Southern Cross, has announced that it is closing down after being unable to afford rent rates. The landlords who currently own the care homes will have to decide whether they keep the homes they are in charge of open, or sell them off. This […]

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Alpha.gov in action

By Matt Howell, Vice President, Capgemini Public Services The Cabinet Office’s piloting of alpha.gov.uk as a replacement for direct.gov.uk should be welcomed for various reasons. First is the use of agile software development techniques to deliver the project within a short timescale and with limited resources. Second is the early launch of the service to […]

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The challenge of the ‘right to challenge supply’

By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships The Government intends to extend the ‘right to challenge supply’ to all local authority services, into the NHS and across the wider public sector. Originally the intention was to offer this to community and voluntary groups, and to staff currently employed in the public sector. However, […]

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Another fine mess?

By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor Since the recent announcement that German-based contractor Siemens had won the £1.4 billion Thameslink contract over UK firm Bombardier, the question on everyone’s lips has been – how could the Government let this happen? The Thameslink Rolling Stock Programme covers the delivery, maintenance and financing of around 1200 vehicles […]

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PFI must be reformed

By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships The recent parliamentary and media pressure for greater transparency, stronger accountability and a ‘better deal’ for the public sector from PFI and similar Public Private Partnerships is unlikely to abate until the industry responds with solutions. Reform is in the air. The industry has a choice. […]

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EU procurement review

By Terry Street, Principal Consultant and Procurement and Outsourcing Product Manager, Socitm Consulting As many of you will be aware, the EU is consulting on amendments to the public procurement regime. This has led to debate about what is wrong with the rules, with many expressing the view that they are expensive and take too […]

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Incentives can play an important role when budgets are tight

By Andrew Johnson, Director General of the UK Gift Card & Voucher Association (UKGCVA) The repercussions of the recession have hit the UK hard, particularly across the public sector. In fact, according to a recent YouGov survey commissioned by Interserve which assessed feedback from 101 council chief executives and senior managers, councils predict that the […]

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Public procurement – leading the way

By Rachael Simpson, Media Researcher, BiP Solutions The public sector is not always the first to embrace innovation but in one area they are racing ahead of the private sector – gender equality. The Lord Davis report, Women on Boards, made recommendations that the FTSE100 should challenge themselves to increase the proportion of female directors […]

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Open and transparent?

By Paul Elliott, Media Researcher, BiP Solutions If you look up the delicate issue of transparency on the Government’s Number 10 website you will read the following sentence: “We want to be the most open and transparent Government in the world.” One method that the Government has chosen to achieve this transparency is the publication […]

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Procurement’s role in social enterprise

By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships There is much interest across the public sector in more social enterprises delivering more public services. Indeed, the forthcoming Government White Paper on the future of public services is expected to promote social enterprises and either require or encourage the public sector to procure services from […]

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