Unison to step up pressure against outsourcing
The country’s biggest public sector trade union is to step up pressure on outsourcing as it plans for the impact of Brexit.
Merger set to create second biggest care provider
A care firm would become the second largest provider in the country if it succeeds in taking over a rival.
Lancashire to re-run public health tender
Lancashire CC has agreed to re-evaluate its tendering process for public health services after a court ordered the council to set aside its agreement with Virgin Care.
Interserve hit by £6m loss
Interserve’s half-year results have revealed a £6m loss as the company presses ahead with its recovery plan.
Serco boss denies asylum eviction claims
The chief executive of a company accused of evicting hundreds of asylum seekers in Glasgow has denied the scale of the claims.
Further job cuts at Carillion
Redundancies following the collapse of Carillion have reached 2,778, the official receiver has confirmed.
Local government outsourcing slumps
Local government outsourcing has almost halved in the wake of the demise of Carillion.
Glasgow warns of 'humanitarian crisis' over Serco contract
Glasgow faces a ‘humanitarian crisis’ if plans to evict up to 300 asylum seekers without warning go ahead, local politicians have warned.
Southampton's break with Capita to affect 300 jobs
About 300 jobs are to be affected following the early break-up of a partnership between Capita and Southampton City Council.
Complex outsourcing 'not an excuse to exclude public'
Increasingly complex modern outsourcing is not an excuse to exclude the public from the design of future partnerships, a think-tank has warned.
Ministerial question mark over outsourcing
Two government ministers last week warned councils not to be too reliant on single suppliers. Heather Jameson comments.
Sunak questions outsourcing model
Conservative local government minister Rishi Sunak has questioned the current model of outsourcing in the wake of Carillion’s collapse.
CIPFA president warns of trust breakdown
There has been a ‘universal breakdown in trust’ in public services, the incoming president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Sarah Howard, has claimed.
Barnet to review outsourcing partnership with Capita
Barnet LBC is considering taking seven services back in-house, under a review of its outsourcing partnership with Capita.
Council to end multi-million pound ICT contract four years early
Sheffield City Council is pulling out of a major information and communications technology (ICT) contract.
Trust – a vital ingredient in successful Public-Private Partnerships?
Dave Sheridan, Divisional CEO of ENGIE UK, explains why trust is fundamental to being successful custodians of public services.
Insourcing risk warning
Insourcing is increasing in the wake of the Carillion collapse but could put greater pressure on councils’ risk management capabilities, according to experts.
Call for ethical standards in outsourced services
The independent Committee on Standards in Public Life has criticised the lack of ‘real progress’ on measures to reinforce ethical standards in outsourced public services.
Chief executive confident in councils' contract management skills
Worcestershire CC’s new chief executive, Paul Robinson, has dismissed claims that local authorities do not have the skills to manage private finance initiative (PFI) contracts.
Union calls for more contracts scrutiny
The Government should extend the remit of the National Audit Office or create a new regulator to compile and evaluate all public sector contracts, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has urged.