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.
Let’s root out modern slavery together
Council procurement can be a tool to eradicate modern slavery, writes Cllr Andy Hull as councils continue to sign up to a new charter to combat the practice in our society.
Councils deserve a better deal after Carillion's collapse
Local government figures recently met to discuss the current state of commissioning and procurement after the liquidation of outsourcer Carillion. David Hutton reports.
Procurement leaders: from steward to taskmaster
Today’s procurement officers must now be able to understand how to wield data, create and lead talented teams and focus on adding strategic business benefit, writes Richard Guest.
Councils should hire a 'public entrepreneur' - report
All councils should appoint a ‘public entrepreneur’ to lead innovation and transformation, a report today has urged.
Chain ferry contract secured
Wight Shipyard has secured a contract to make improvements to a chain ferry for Isle of Wight Council.
Ministerial question mark over outsourcing
Two government ministers last week warned councils not to be too reliant on single suppliers. Heather Jameson comments.
EXCLUSIVE: Council faces tribunal flood
Lancashire CC is facing a deluge of employment tribunal claims from disgruntled former managers as it tries to recruit a permanent chief executive.
Shock to the system?
Outsourcing is becoming a far more perilous market for local government to invest in, and with the downward turns of several outsourcing firms making headlines, Ciara Cook takes a look at the forecast for the sector.
Brokenshire pushed on Brexit
Local government has presented communities secretary James Brokenshire with a list of Brexit-related issues that need immediate solutions.
New indemnity mutual: We have learnt from LAML
The advisers behind the Local Government Association’s (LGA) new indemnity mutual insist they have learnt from the sector’s previous forays into insurance.
Morse to maintain audit standards
National Audit Office chief Sir Amyas Morse has insisted he will not lower the standards expected from local auditors despite market concentration and plummeting fees.
Warning ahead of Big Four shake-up
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'
MPs investigating the Carillion insolvency have blasted the Government for putting public services at risk.