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.

Why Outsource? Here Are Some Good Reasons (Part 1)

The collapse of one of the largest suppliers to the UK public sector, services and construction firm Carillion, is leading to some soul-searching about the whole nature of the relationship between private sector service providers and their government clients. We've started having a look at why we should/should not outsource. Clearly, saying that “nothing should be outsourced," is ridiculous. Governments cannot develop their own ERP software solutions, or run their own hotels or develop mobile phone networks! So some level of outsourcing is unavoidable. So in Part 1 we look at the good and valid reasons for outsourcing – using specialists who may have expertise and cost advantages compared to in-house operations.

Why Outsource? Here Are Some LESS Good Reasons (Part 2)

Then, in Part 2, we look at the converse. We look at the less good reasons to outsource, including instances which we have seen ourselves in organisations (both public and private sector), such as, for nothing more than short-term benefit, or because we have a kind of ideological view that somehow private is better than public. And we consider the issue that “if you outsource a problem, you just get an outsourced problem.”

And in other news ...

UK Construction Tender Prices Anticipated To Rise 

Glasgow WAN Contract To Transform City’s Digital Infrastructure

Set Of Principles Needed For Public Outsourcing Contracts, Says Unison

Ireland Seeks To Overhaul Public Procurement Model


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