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Public Sector

Government Looks At Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing – Peter Smith Comments

I’ve sent off my submission to the Parliamentary Public Administration and Constitutional  Affairs committee, which is running an inquiry into “Sourcing public services: lessons learned […]

Northampton Financial Crisis – Shared Services Operation Part of the Problem?

We wrote on Tuesday about the problems at Northampton County Council, which has in effect run out of money to deliver all but essential services. […]

County Council Goes “Bust” – Excuses, But Is Pure Incompetence To Blame?

There is only one town in the UK that hosts a top-flight (four highest divisions) football team, a Premiership rugby outfit and a top-level county […]

Capita – Not Another Carillion But More Big Questions for Public Procurement

After the collapse of Carillion, it's easy to see why the problems at services outsourcing specialist Capita last week caused so much consternation and generated […]

NDA Procurement Fiasco – Interim Report Quietly Published (Exclusive!)

You may remember the botched procurement exercise, run by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for the “Magnox contract”, which led to a successful legal challenge by […]

Socially Responsible Procurement – BHRE/LUPC Event Overview

Friday saw the BHRE/LUPC Symposium at the University of Greenwich, with the title of “Socially responsible public procurement: Protecting and promoting human rights as we […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Pigs, Presidents Club, Leslie Campbell and Mark E Smith

I had a most enjoyable early evening beer or two with an old friend yesterday, before the volume in the Telegraph Fullers pub off Moorgate […]

Public Procurement – A Cornucopia of Historical Documents …

Our old friend, Ken Cole, who has done sterling work around public sector procurement for many years (and publishes a very good local government procurement […]

Yet Another “Minister for Procurement” Takes the Government Commercial Hot Seat

With all the Carillion “excitement”, we’ve somewhat ignored the recent UK government ministerial reshuffle last week, which turned out not quite as planned for Prime […]

Could Government Commercial Organisation Have Done More To Head Off Carillion Collapse?

Carillion went into liquidation yesterday, as we reported here. It is not the usual form of liquidation though – the “official receiver” is in charge, […]

Construction Giant Carillion Goes Bust, Big Issues Ahead For Customers

We’re a little surprised to wake up to the sad news this morning that construction and services giant Carillion has gone into liquidation. Last night […]

New NAO Report – A Short Guide to Commercial Relationships

The UK's National Audit Office published a Short Guide to Commercial Relationships just before Christmas, the latest in a series of useful public procurement-related publications […]