• Warning ahead of Big Four shake-up

    22 May 2018

    A shake-up of the Big Four accountancy firms could lead to changes in the new sector-led audit procurement process.

  • Cheapest bid first 'putting services at risk'

    16 May 2018

    MPs investigating the Carillion insolvency have blasted the Government for putting public services at risk.

  • Commissioning network launched

    10 May 2018

    A network for helping local authorities to commission services from smaller providers based in their area has been launched.

  • The contracting conundrum

    09 May 2018

    Time will tell if outsourcing has had its day as a significant money saving option for the sector. John Tizard and David Walker assess the landscape after this week’s elections.

  • We need a new procurement debate

    17 April 2018

    The fall of Carillion earlier this year has been dissected at length. Jane Eckford argues it is time for a new debate on how the public sector works with the private sector.

  • Taking the contracting challenge

    17 April 2018

    It is widely recognised that commercial contracts and their associated relationships have a direct impact on service quality, the cost it pays and even its reputation. Eddie Gibson explains how one council is delivering a more effective service.

  • KPMG prepares to step back from local government audit

    02 March 2018

    KPMG is preparing to step back from its local government audit work after failing to win any of the contracts under a new sector-led system.

  • Filling the gap: what councils need to know to replace Carillion 

    27 February 2018

    Councils looking to avoid high costs to cover services left unmanned by the fall of Carillion must consider the practicalities and legal challenges before acting, warns Colette-Morgan Ford.

  • What next for procurement under Brexit?

    14 February 2018

    Is now the time to set out some markers for how a future procurement regime might look post-Brexit? This was the subject debated by council chief executives and directors at a recent round table event hosted by The MJ in partnership with Marston Holdings. Sam Clayden reports.

  • Time to revisit our commissioning strategies and challenge contracts?

    14 February 2018

    As some of the more traditional contracting arrangements get called into question, Louise Round asks whether it is time to challenge the notion that large scale contracts bring economies of scale and enhance service quality.

  • Post-Carillion: mitigating the risks of external contracting

    12 February 2018

    Despite Carillion's collapse, external contractors remain a cost-effective way to deliver services, but councils must take a risk-based approach to tendering to mitigate some of the dangers, writes Rod Penman.

  • Lessons for local government in the wake of Carillion

    06 February 2018

    Andy Burns offers some advice for the sector following the collapse of the outsourcing giant.

  • Wrestling with public service markets

    05 February 2018

    Jonathan Werran argues the case for a mixed market in public service provision.

  • An alternative commissioning model

    31 January 2018

    High cost residential care for children is a major source of financial difficulties for local authorities. Léonie Cowen and Andrew Rome believe there are more effective and efficient ways of commissioning placements.

  • Local solutions are best

    24 January 2018

    Paul O’Brien reflects on the collapse of Carillion and urges local government to plan for the long-term.

  • The public sector has to pay the right price for the job

    24 January 2018

    As debates about public sector contracting flare across the country, Michael Burton argues that in or out house, the work has to be done at the right price.

  • Carillion: Companies can go bust, councils cannot

    22 January 2018

    After the fall of Carillion, and with social care providers on the brink, John Tizard and David Walker demand a reflection on where the last 30 years of competitive tendering has brought us.

  • Why Carillion’s plight is a warning to us all

    16 January 2018

    Carillion's demise has led to calls to bring everything back in house. Heather Jameson argues a blanket approach to a very nuanced issue is not viable.

  • Collaboration is key to a bright future

    10 January 2018

    The integration of property and other frontine services is a new phenomenon, but one which is growing at pace, writes Mike Britch.

  • New construction framework to measure social value

    04 January 2018

    A new £1.1bn regional construction framework will measure social value as standard.