Councillors urge London borough to 'change mind-set' on procurement
Greenwich LBC has been pressed to ‘change its mind-set’ in procurement by its members as it overhauls its policies.
Council defies audit recommendation to reinvestigate staff
West Dunbartonshire Council will not reopen an investigation into allegations of misconduct against officers - ignoring the recommendations of an audit watchdog.
Aberdeen breached procurement laws, audit finds
A city council breached procurement laws and may have spent public money on contracts without proper authorisation, an audit has found.
LGA holds meets with critical sector suppliers
The Local Government Association (LGA) has opened talks with ‘strategic’ suppliers in a bid to mitigate the fallout from a future Carillion-style collapse.
Report calls for outsourcing reform - but warns against ban
Government needs private firms and charities to deliver public services but should improve the rules for outsourcing, a think tank has said.
EXCLUSIVE: Frustration mounts on Brexit legislation list
Frustration is growing as the Government stalls on requests to provide a comprehensive list of secondary legislation affecting councils that needs to pass before Brexit.
Government shirks Brexit procurement overhaul
Hopes for an overhaul of procurement rules after Brexit appear to have been dashed.
Councils issue joint tender
Bexley and Bromley LBCs have joined forces to invite tenders for the running of their revenue and benefits services.
The public and private sector must work together to deliver social value
Too many buyers, in both the public and the private sectors, still see social value as a ‘box-ticking exercise’, says Su Pickerill - and she believes this mind-set has to change if we are to achieve real reform.
Matter of facts
Preston City Council has an ethical procurement programme aimed at harnessing wealth within the city and the wider county - and a number of councils across the UK are now interested in the approach, says Tamar Reay.
Big audit firms may quit market
Larger audit firms may quit the local government market in the long-term, an independent review has found.
Lawyers call for post-Brexit procurement rule changes
Legal experts have added their weight to calls for changes to procurement rules after Brexit.
Pulling leisure out of the deep end
Denbighshire CC is sharing the learning and the success of its commercial approach to leisure provision with the rest of the UK through a £750 million framework, says Jamie Groves
Review into council fraud and corruption launched
Marsham Street is seeking input from councils as it carries out a review into procurement fraud.
‘Living wills are not enough on their own’
The post-Carillion move by the Government to get outsourcing companies to draw up ‘living wills’ to protect services has been generally welcomed by the sector – but concerns remain, according to Hiba Mahamadi
Doubts raised over council house-building revolution
Doubts have been raised over the anticipated council house-building revolution promised by ministers after figures suggested the Government’s predictions may be over-ambitious.
SOLACE Summit: Miller calls for social value approach change
Council chief executives have heard a rallying cry for them to bring their influence to bear on increasing social value’s role in procurement.
Virgin Care awarded contract to deliver Lancashire health services
Virgin Care has been identified as the preferred bidder for the delivery of 0-19 public health services in Lancashire after a legal challenge forced a reevaluation of the bid.
Using partnerships between the public and private sector to drive social impact
In a year of high profile failings of public private partnerships, there needs to be a stronger measure of their social impact, argues Sarah Lawson of the New Local Government Network.
Report warns of 'dangerous' reliance on suppliers
Councils are concentrating more than half their total spend with their top five suppliers, new research has revealed.