• Can the CMA make us see our market folly?

    12 May 2021

    Kathy Evans outlines why the CMA’s investigation into the private provision of placements for looked-after children may ‘bring decisive insight to our care market folly’.

  • Let's make sure Transforming Public Procurement delivers beyond SW1

    20 April 2021

    We shouldn’t allow Greensill to distract us from asking what needs to change centrally to release the true value of economic, social and community value at the level of place in the commissioning and delivery of public services, says Jonathan Werran.

  • A blueprint for efficiency

    20 April 2021

    The Government’s Construction Playbook was designed to streamline public sector procurement. Stephen Beechey says it has made waves in the industry, and here he outlines how it can help councils build back better.

  • The potential of new social value measures is huge

    06 April 2021

    The impact of the UK Government’s new social value measures should not be underestimated, as they prioritise what’s important, according to David Dinsdale.

  • We want to make council procurement faster, fairer and more efficient

    10 March 2021

    Consultation on the Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper closes today. Sam Rowbury says it's time to 'take maximum advantage of this opportunity to overhaul our outdated procurement regime'.

  • Rethinking for reset and recovery

    02 March 2021

    What can be learned from the pandemic to improve how local government services are delivered? Nick Cole looks at how corporate colleagues have risen to the challenge and offers some tips to local leaders.

  • Fears of extra burdens from procurement proposals

    23 February 2021

    New procurement rules could pile extra burdens onto councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has privately warned.

  • Procurement in the time of pandemic

    17 February 2021

    One of the largest studies into how the annual £100bn local government procurement spend is being dispensed during the pandemic has just been launched. Its project director Dr Richard Simmons outlines the study’s aims.

  • Local government pandemic procurement study launched

    16 February 2021

    A major study into how local authorities have managed their annual £100bn local procurement spend during the pandemic has been launched with a call for evidence.

  • Procurement proposals lack social value focus

    15 February 2021

    The Government’s Procurement Green Paper has been criticised by Lords for focusing on finance over social value.

  • State aid replacement unveiled

    03 February 2021

    The Government has today published plans for a ‘subsidy control system’ that will apply to councils.

  • Pandemic procurement failings and how technology can help

    25 January 2021

    Through leveraging digital marketplace technology, the Government would be able to ensure items are procured both quickly and at a low cost, says Garry Jones.

  • Local authorities and coronavirus

    25 January 2021

    Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy of Geldards look at the implications of the pandemic for the way local authorities operate, and the adjustments they need to make.

  • New procurement rules – a chance to have your say

    22 January 2021

    Helen Randall at Trowers & Hamlins outlines the major changes to procurement rules proposed in the Green Paper. For councils, this could mean co-designing evaluation criteria with health and other tiers of government.

  • Installing EV charging infrastructure: opportunities for local authorities

    11 January 2021

    Stuart Urquart says the most appropriate EV charging infrastructure procurement option for a particular authority will depend on a number of options, including the risk appetite of each party.

  • Government to overhaul council procurement rules

    15 December 2020

    New powers to take social and environmental factors into account when awarding contracts have been put forward by the Government today.

  • Digitising Walsall MBC’s core business systems

    02 December 2020

    Deborah Hindson explains how, with ‘continued hard work, creativity and resilience’, Walsall MBC is on track to achieve successful delivery of a transformed core business system.

  • How Enterprise Ireland is supporting UK innovation

    23 November 2020

    Ireland’s innovation agency, Enterprise Ireland, is a trusted strategic partner for UK councils, writes its Manchester based Local Authorities Lead Laura Brocklebank.

  • A blueprint for change

    17 November 2020

    The time to act on climate change is now, says Mathew Jellings, and it could start with a debate on the UN sustainable development goals

  • Government urged to increase children's services funding

    29 September 2020

    The Spending Review marks a crucial moment for a system of children’s social care that is reaching ‘breaking point,' an event heard this week.