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The new public service delivery business must be different

By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships If I were setting up a new public service delivery business I would …… want to make a reasonable and sustainable commercial return (popularly known as ‘profit’), serve my customers in an exemplar manner, to share benefits and profits, and be their strategic partner in reality […]

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Modernising procurement – will the Commission deliver?

By Nick Maltby, Senior Commercial Lawyer at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP Public sector cuts and the Government’s spending review has put procurement process and efficiency under the spotlight as the deadline for comments on the European Commission’s Green Paper on the modernisation of procurement rules passed this week. Input has been gathered into how European […]

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Get out of that one!

By Terry Street, Principal Consultant and Procurement and Outsourcing Product Manager, Socitm Consulting Imagine that about six years ago your organisation awarded a contract for outsourced services; not just support for your business, but a totally managed service, run off-site using a pool of staff who operate across many clients, in a shared facility using […]

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The challenge and necessity of applying Hutton’s Fair Pay Code to contractors and PPPs

By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships In his Review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector, Will Hutton states that when public services are outsourced or provided through some form of PPP … “… it is the taxpayer who is funding public services, however they are provided, and who needs assurance that […]

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Is the NHS getting a raw deal?

By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor Yes, the NHS is in the spotlight again. This time for not achieving value for money across all trusts in the planning, procurement and performance of ‘high value equipment’. In the NAO report, Managing high value capital equipment in the NHS in England, the independent watchdog found that there […]

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Shortening the odds

By Terry Street, Principal Consultant and Procurement and Outsourcing Product Manager, Socitm Consulting With public sector budgets being squeezed tighter than ever, suppliers must focus on finding more opportunities and bidding more successfully. Sales teams will be scanning the various procurement portals and the OJEU or using various agencies to feed them notices of interest, […]

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Budget 2011 – The Impact of Events on Deficit Reduction Plans

 By Grahame Steed, Managing Editor, Government Opportunities Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s often quoted words may have been reverberating in George Osborne’s mind as he put the finishing touches to his Budget speech this morning. Macmillan once remarked that what he most feared were “Events, dear boy, events”. For Osborne, an already difficult Budget has been […]

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OFT dives into Choice and Competition in Public Services

By John Tizard, Director, Centre for Public Service Partnerships  The Government is arguing strongly for greater competition across nearly all public services with the exception of national security and the judiciary (Prime Minister’s Daily Telegraph article 21 February 2011).   Much of the case for greater competition is based on assumption and theory rather than evidence. […]

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Is the public sector thinking innovatively?

By Morven MacNeil, GO Features Editor In the fourth of a five-part series, GO looks at how innovative ideas and solutions can help optimise efficiency savings for the public sector. Reduce spending, but deliver improved public services. With seemingly contradictory objectives like these, it is little wonder that some public procurement professionals feel that they […]

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Shared services – an opportunity for suppliers to break the mould?

by Terry Street, Principal Consultant and Procurement and Outsourcing Product Manager, Socitm Consulting A major uncertainty around shared services has been clarified by last month’s Supreme Court judgment in the LAML case confirming that public bodies can legally share services with each other without necessarily having to give commercial suppliers the chance to bid. The […]

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