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How to hire credible consultants

By Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Director in Charge, Institute of Consulting In the past 18 months we have seen a cull in the number of consultants working in the public sector as a consequence of government spending cuts. The Management Consultancies Association reported that the number of consultants in the sector fell by 15 per cent in […]

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Defence budget in the spotlight

By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor A new report has highlighted that action taken by the MOD to balance its overall budget in the short term following the Strategic Defence and Security Review has made nearly an additional £500 million in-year cost increase in 15 of the largest defence projects. Spending watchdog the National Audit […]

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SMEs and the ‘contracts’ debate

By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor An interesting issue was raised recently in a House of Commons debate regarding small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and whether there are ways to encourage local authorities to procure from them. Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood asked Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude what steps he is taking […]

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The NPfIT – the saga continues

By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor The Treasury has published a document in response to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)’s earlier findings regarding the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in the NHS. The PAC report, published in August, was based on evidence from the Department of Health and its contractors BT and Computer Sciences Corporation […]

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Sharing for success?

The implementation of a project to create a centre to streamline back-office functions for the seven research councils has so far not been good value for money and there is a risk that the councils may not recover their investment, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO). When finally operational 15 months […]

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Is the end of ‘no compulsory redundancy agreements’ nigh?

Lesley Murphy, Partner, Harper Macleod LLP Recent figures indicate that the Scottish Government has cut its wage bill by 2.7% over the last year in a bid to reduce costs and improve efficiency.  With further cuts required to the local Government budget outlined in John Swinney’s budget statement – an estimated £13 million in the […]

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Efficiency in action

By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor The Public Accounts Committee has published a report on the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) which examines the Group’s progress during 2010-11 and its longer term plans to improve government efficiency. The ERG was established within the Cabinet Office in May 2010 to lead efforts to cut government spending […]

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Building infrastructure in developing countries

By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor The Department for International Development (DFID) needs a clearer strategy for strengthening infrastructure in developing countries because poor roads, power and water networks are constraining growth in many countries, MPs on the International Development Committee have warned. In a new report, the committee said that the DFID can be […]

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Lead by example

By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor A report published by the Commons Public Administration Select Committee this week has highlighted that unless the Government can rapidly develop and implement a comprehensive plan for cross-departmental reform in Whitehall, the Government’s wider ambitions for public service reform, the Big Society, localism and decentralisation will fail. Change in […]

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New landscape of policing?

By Morven MacNeil, GO Content Editor  The Commons Home Affairs Committee has examined the Government’s proposals for policing reform in a new report published this week. The New Landscape of Policing report found that more than a year after the Government announced it was phasing out the National Policing Improvement Agency, it still has not […]

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