Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector market. In Europe alone, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by governments and public sector bodies. Worth doing well, you might consider.

Part of the PSF site is dedicated to Europe-related issues, and that is where you will find our articles and news stories from this week, and, on this occasion, from the holiday period. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. Please join us – follow the links in the summaries below.

Sweden Tightens IT Outsourcing Approach – More Signs That The UK Outsources For Outsourcing Sake?

In January, the Swedish Government took steps to change its policy around IT outsourcing to private firms. It introduced rules, which will come into effect in April, to tighten security in IT outsourcing deals, affecting hundreds of outsourcing projects a year. Is this the beginning of a trend?  Sweden’s minister of justice and home affairs said that what is needed is a total change of government attitude. And we have seen evidence of the UK government reconsidering outsourcing deals following certain instances; we have also seen a drive coming from political levels to break up the largest IT contracts.

A Story About A Town That Turned Itself Around Through Local Sourcing

Preston in Lancashire turned around its failing financial situation by taking a ‘spending public money locally’ approach. A number of local public bodies committed to spending locally as much as possible, along with certain key employers, including the county constabulary, a public sector housing association, colleges and hospitals, to prevent 61% of their procurement budget being spent outside of the region. We don't think 'localism' always works, stifling competition etc, but this is a good practice story nonetheless.

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