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local government

Gold-Plating Procurement in Local Government or Gold-Plated Nonsense from Minister?

Supply Management reported last week that Kris Hopkins, a Junior Minister, accused buyers in local government sector of “gold plating” their procurement processes. “Hopkins made […]

Cambridge Busway, millions over budget, but procurement was “appropriate for the time”

The Cambridge guided busway is another in a long line of inglorious public sector procurement cock-ups. The innovative plan, to convert old railway lines into […]

LGA National Procurement Strategy – some good ideas but no implementation plan?

We made some initial comments on the LGA National Procurement strategy recently, being a little sarcastic about the “national champion” and his assertion that local […]

LGA Local Government Procurement Strategy – we’re the best, says National Procurement Champion

I’m reading the new Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Strategy for local government in England (to give the full title) at the moment. We’ll […]

New Data on Government Contracts – Where Is Your Money Being Spent?

We’re pleased to feature a guest post from Ian Makgill, Managing Director of Spend Network which analyses government spend data, producing real evidence-based work. Spend Network and the Institute for Government recently published a joint report into the largest suppliers in Government. The data was collated from over 6,711 of the publicly available monthly spend statements from central and local government before being linked to Companies House and other records. The analysis features some familiar names, but also has some notable exceptions, G4S for example. We link to the full report and Spend Network gives a few findings that we believe will be of real interest to our readers.

Spending with Capita by Central and Local Government

We are delighted to feature a post by Ian Makgill of Spend Network on Government spending with Capita. Following Peter’s recent posts on Capita, Ian thought […]

UK local government procurement – Select Committee report published

The UK parliament’s Communities and Local Government Select Committee has issued its report on local government procurement following their multiple sessions, including one in the […]

Local Government Procurement – Communities and Local Government Committee (part 2)

Continuing our review (not a verbatim record - and part 1 here) of the Communities and Local Government Committee from earlier this week, looking at […]

Somerset extended contract with Southwest One whilst in dispute and without councillor or Board approval – astonishing!

Dave Orr has been asking more FOI questions about the decision of Somerset County Council to extend their contract with the Southwest One (SW1) joint […]

Cornwall JV / Outsource – Council agrees more work is needed

We’ve been following with interest the proposals for Cornwall County council to enter into a complex joint venture / BPO partnership with a major supplier. […]

Cornwall Council outsource – procurement process is halted

We’ve been keeping up to date with the Cornwall outsourcing partnership story over the last couple of months. This week, a full council meeting ended […]

How are Surrey spending my council tax? We check out their procurement…

I had an enjoyable and interesting discussion with Andrew Forzani (Procurement Director) and Laura Langstaff of Surrey County Council recently. This is the English County […]