Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to the exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement and further afield, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. Before you think about switching off, it's worth remembering that around Europe, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by government and public sector bodies of some sort. Worth doing well, you might consider. So here is a roundup of what we've been discussing this week.

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Procuring For Good - How The Social Value Act Is Used By UK Local Authorities

The Social Enterprise UK report Procuring For Good, got answers to Freedom of Information questions from 306 local councils  to establish how they were using the Social Value Act to date. The Public Services (Social Value) Act was put in place in 2012 and requires local government contracting authorities to take social value into account when letting contracts. The findings are a mix of positive and negative for those who support the policy of including social factors when selecting suppliers and awarding contracts. More councils than ever before are using the flexibilities that the 2012 Act affords.

The World Bank -- New Procurement Framework Fit for the Modern World

The World Bank was set up originally as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) as a facilitator of post-war reconstruction and development. As such, when reconstruction was the bulk of its business, and Bank lending was mostly towards large infrastructure projects, it was incumbent on the borrower to follow strict procurement guidelines, and the procurement framework has not changed in 20 years. But it is about to: the new 'policy' is due to come into place on July 1st this year. Here's why, and what it will involve.

New Procurement Regulations - Will They Benefit Irish Firms?

Ireland spends some €8.5 billion annually on goods and services, a small fraction of the figure in the UK, Germany or France but significant of course in that country. And it looks like Ireland is finally close to putting new procurement regulations in place, after being named by the Commission in the recent list of those countries who were lagging behind. It looks like the new rules could open up the trillion-euro procurement market to Irish firms. So what are the far reaching opportunities and challenges for them?

Professional Services Contract Goes Wrong - PA Consulting & UKTI Criticised By UK’s Audit Office

Last week the National Audit Office published a report that criticised both the UKTI  (UK Trade and Investment) which promotes British exports, business and inward investment, and PA Consulting over a professional services contract. The contract involved PA providing UKTI with both PA's own consultants and other external experts working as sub-contractors via PA. Both have fallen well below the standards expected when managing public money -- the report said, among other things ...

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