Public Spend Matters Europe – Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Matters Europe is dedicated to the exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement. As usual, 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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Contracting with Mutuals, and the MyCSP National Audit Office Report (part 1)

Public sector organisations contract with a range of different provider organisations. At one extreme, providers are fully capitalist private sector organisations, basically operating within a model where one assumes that profit and shareholder value are significant drivers. At the other, authorities may contract with other purely public sector organisations. And in between, we have a range of other organisations, of which charities (“third sector”) are probably the most obvious. Then there are a range of other interesting organisational types, as well as charities, which sit in an in-between space. And one of the highest profile has turned into something of a disaster for the proponents of the mutual concept --  MyCSP.

Contracting with Mutuals, and the MyCSP National Audit Office Report (part 2)

In part 1 we looked at a recent report from the UK’s National Audit Office into the problems at MyCSP, the organisation that manages pensions for many public sector bodies. In part 2 we look in more detail at what went wrong and how can other public sector bodies avoid similar problems in the future.

New Employment Relationship Models - EU Policies Not Yet Up To Speed

Last week saw the Public Hearing of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the changing nature of employment relationships and the impact on maintaining a living wage. New forms of employment now need new social policy measures, and this hearing highlighted the impact of new developments on the labour market, economy, tax and social security systems and the living wage; it discussed ways to develop and adapt policy and legislation to gain control of this change. Types of employment are developing rapidly and many categories of worker no longer fit into the existing employment relationship models: the EESC is calling on the EC to develop new social welfare models.

Publish Your Prompt Payment Figures - Or The Mystery Shopper will Get You!

Payment is a major issue for all suppliers, wherever they are based and whoever their customers might be. Payment terms also vary considerably country to country - in certain southern European countries, payment terms of 90 or 120 days are not unusual, but that would be seen as exceptional (and exceptionally worrying) for most northern European firms. The UK government has taken various steps over the past few years to try and encourage better payment practices amongst private sector firms, and to make the public sector set a good example in terms of its own payment practices and achievements. New guidance includes a useful (optional) template for publishing this information and if you don't -- the Mystery Shopper will come and get you!


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