Campaign launched to end outsourcing of public services

The GMB has launched a Go Public campaign to end drive to outsource public services as it warns that the government hasn’t learned its lesson.

Network Services 2 framework goes live

The Crown Commercial Service has announced that the Network Services 2 framework agreement, believed to be worth £5 billion, has gone live.

Second rescue deal needed for government contractor

Interserve has revealed that it is in need of a second rescue deal from the government as it struggles with £500 million of debt.

New government procurement measures announced

David Lidington is announcing new measures to deliver better public services and use procurement contracts as a ‘force for good’.

Public sector outsourcing spend on the rise

Public sector outsourcing spend has reached £1.42 billion as government bodies ramp up procurement for IT and tech services.

Declining appetite for outsourcing in local government

A new NLGN report has found that the appetite for outsourcing within local government to the private sector is declining.

Council’s poor record keeping highlighted in study

An investigation into council spend has revealed large inconsistencies in how local councils keep and record information.

Local gov spending remaining with top suppliers

New research has found that, despite the collapse of Carillion, more than half of English council spending goes to a handful of the top suppliers.

Half of government digital spend going to SMEs

Oliver Dowden has announced that SMEs are accessing almost half of public sector spend on digital, data and technology services.

CCS launches FM Marketplace framework agreement

The CCS has launched the Facilities Management Marketplace agreement - the first agreement under the new, simplified Public Sector Contract.

Small business joy as G-Cloud 10 opens

A total of 3,505 suppliers have been awarded places on the new G-Cloud 10 framework, with more than 90 per cent of them SMEs.

Sharing services saves taxpayers £840 million

Local Government Association analysis has revealed that more than £800 million of taxpayers’ money has been saved by councils sharing services.

‘Increasingly critical’ council savings dependent on leadership

Finding savings has become ‘increasingly critical’ for local authorities who are facing continuous reductions in funding.

Third iteration of Digital Outcomes and Specialists this year

The CCS has confirmed that a third iteration of Digital Outcomes and Specialists will open for supplier applications later this year.

Accountability often broken in outsourced council services

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman warns about the issues found during investigations into councils’ management of external contracts.

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