Post-Carillion: mitigating the risks of external contracting

By Rod Penman | 12 February 2018

The recent liquidation of Carillion has brought fresh scrutiny to local authority use of outsourcers. However, experienced procurement teams and risk managers have decades of understanding on how to access the benefits of external contractors while effectively mitigating some of the risks posed.  

Local authority use of outsourcers such as Carillion or Capita allows access to specialist expertise and scale. However, council-outsourcer relationships are often driven by the need to find new ways of delivering services more efficiently in the face of immense pressure to cut costs.

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