William Eichler 28 March 2019

Think tank warns against banning outsourcing

Think tank warns against banning outsourcing image

A think tank has called for a review of the regulations governing outsourcing, but stressed it opposed the idea of banning the controversial practice.

The Government currently spends £284bn annually buying services from the third and private sectors, which is a third of its budget.

This practice has, however, come under fire in the wake of high-profile scandals such as the Carillion collapse.

A new report from the think tank Reform has urged Whitehall not to ban the practice.

Instead, it recommends providing more training for civil servants who are tasked with dealing with private companies and charities.

In particular, it calls for extra funding to bolster training for local government and a new online training platform.

The think tank also believes that the Government should select contracts based on their wider social benefits, known as ‘social value’, such as boosting local employment.

It argues that the Government should review outsourcing rules to ensure social value is better considered in deciding contracts and improve transparency.

It also calls for ‘better data and guidance’ to allow service providers to quantify and compare the potential social value of different contracts.

Dr Joshua Pritchard, report co-author, said: ‘The way Government buys services can be improved but banning outsourcing would be throwing the baby out with the bath water.’

Hydrogen for transport image

Hydrogen for transport

Mark Griffin explains why Aberdeen City Council has introduced a fleet of hydrogen fuelled buses to help reduce emissions.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Practitioner - Children in Care

Essex County Council
Negotiable
In Essex County Council we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Youth Offending Service Practitioner

Essex County Council
£30001.0 - £41000.0 per month
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

NCS Youth Work Team Leader|226446|ECC

Essex County Council
£19389.0 - £22558.0 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

NCS Youth Work Assistant Team Leader|226445|ECC

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Youth and Community Manager

Dunstable Town Council
£32,878 rising to £34,788 (pay award pending)
As Youth and Community Manager you will lead in the development and delivery of a range of services targeting young people Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Recuriter: Dunstable Town Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how public sector organisations can unlock the hidden value in their land, and why a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

The December issue also considers why learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment. It also contains a case study on how the London Borough of Westminster has provided high quality care for the elderly alongside a block of luxury apartments.

Register for your free digital issue