Mark Robinson

  • Putting RAAC front of mind

    20 November 2023

    With a shake up in the Cabinet, reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) cannot slip down the agenda, and the problem isn’t contained to schools and hospitals, says Mark Robinson.

  • Procurement standards: Supporting SMEs

    24 January 2023

    Mark Robinson looks at how councils can put their best foot forward when it comes to supporting and engaging with local SMEs -  and help to mitigate the impact of this year’s recession.

  • Calm after the Carillion storm

    24 May 2019

    After the collapse of Carillion greater oversight and impartiality are vital in ensuring the outsourcing model is fit for the future, says chief executive of Scape Group Mark Robinson.

  • The Treasury should back commercial councils, not punish them

    21 November 2017

    Mark Robinson calls on the chancellor to enable local government to borrow to invest.

  • Why we must reform public sector procurement

    18 September 2017

    There is a growing clamour for post-Brexit public procurement reform, writes Mark Robinson.

  • School place shortage is at crisis levels

    10 May 2017

    It is vitally important that greater collaboration between the private and public sector is fostered in order to face the uphill battle local authorities and schools have on their hands, wrights Mark Robinson.

  • Learning from the school places challenge

    26 October 2016

    Government support for grammar schools and rising demand from communities mean councils face a tough challenge on providing enough local school places. Mark Robinson explains why authorities must be returned to the driving seat on education

  • Scotland leads the way in tackling UK housing shortage

    15 April 2016

    Mark Robinson says the rest of the UK should take a lesson from Scotland on tackling the housing crisis.

  • Learning lessons from the Spending Review

    15 December 2015

    Has Osborne done enough to address the school building challenge? Mark Robinson analysis the pressure on councils and gives key advice to boost construction

  • Understanding the EU procurement directive

    17 September 2014

    New EU procurement rule changes aim to make the process of supplying local authorities less onerous for both the supplier and the buyer as well as open the market up to smaller companies. Mark Robinson outlines the 10 key headline points

  • The great e-Scape: How to survive the squeeze

    08 January 2013

    Councils must work more closely than ever before to share best practice – as Mark Robinson explains.

  • On the bright side of the EU

    18 January 2012

    As attention in Europe focuses on the storm clouds gathering over finance, Mark Robinson finds a ray of sunshine in the new EU procurement Directive