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Long-term contracts – are they still fit for purpose?

John Tizard

Review with purpose and resolution I am regularly asked by local authorities and other public bodies what they can and should do about long-term service contracts and strategic partnerships with the business sector. Often political leaders and senior executives –... (Continue reading)

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THE STATE OF RURAL PUBLIC SERVICES 2012

The Rural Services Network (RSN) is a group of some 220 local authorities and service providers working to establish best practice across the spectrum of rural service provision. The network has representation across the range of rural services, including local... (Continue reading)

Lets Get Building – The case for local authority investment in rented homes to help drive economic growth

In this report we demonstrate:  The impact dedicated investment in housing could make to overall growth and to meet housing need locally. Investing in building an extra 60,000 homes would add 0.6% to Britain’s GDP. The role that councils and... (Continue reading)

One Wales: One Planet – The Sustainable Development Annual Report 2011-12

This report explains how our Sustainable Development Scheme has been implemented between April 2011 and March 2012. To view the report, click here.... (Continue reading)

Costing Patient Care: Monitor’s approach to costing and cost collection for price setting

Costing Patient Care sets out Monitor’s intentions on costing and cost collection for 2013, and the direction of policy for future years, to support our future responsibility for price setting for NHS services. This document comprises:  a description and assessment... (Continue reading)

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Choosing the place of care: the effect of patient choice on treatment location in England 2003-2011

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 paves the way for an extension of competition and market mechanisms in the NHS in England, with more competition for the provision of health services. To inform these developments, and help evaluate their... (Continue reading)

Good Growth for Cities

The Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index measures the current performance of a range of the largest UK cities against a basket of ten categories defined, through engagement with the public and business, as key to economic success and wellbeing.... (Continue reading)

Empowerment and Responsibility: Financial Powers to Strengthen Wales

The establishment of the Commission on Devolution in Wales was a commitment in the UK Government’s Coalition Agreement. The Commission was launched on 11 October 2011, with the support of the Welsh Government and the three opposition parties in the... (Continue reading)

Best Value in police authorities and police forces in Scotland

This report by the Accounts Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS) draws out wider lessons from Best Value audits and inspections carried out across the eight forces since 2009. It highlights key issues facing the new... (Continue reading)

Review of compliance with the Irresponsible Lending Guidance

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is undertaking a formal review of compliance by payday lenders with its Irresponsible Lending Guidance (ILG). To view the report, click here.... (Continue reading)

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