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  • Parkie takes a tumble …

    Jonathan Cook

    A park warden slipped on ice while erecting a “keep off the ice” warning sign. Needless to say, he has claimed for compensation and the council has felt obliged to settle out of court. In my opinion, until the court’s start to heed the general public’s perception that “health and safety laws have gone mad”, […]

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  • Central Government bans use of PQQs in sub-threshold tenders

    Alex Kynoch

    The Cabinet Office has issued guidance on the use of pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) by central government departments intended to improve access for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are concerned that the administrative burdens of complying with public sector procurement requirements have a disproportionate impact on smaller businesses, which this guidance is intended to address. […]

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  • NHS Commissioning Board structure up for approval

    Jonathan Hayden

    The future structure and operation of the NHS Commissioning Board is set to be discussed at its board meeting this week. Its board will consider a 63-page document outlining the NHS Commissioning Board’s future structure. It will have an “hour glass” shape – an 800-strong central office, four commissioning sectors (based on SHA cluster locations) […]

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  • Creating a more “cloud-friendly” Europe

    Richard Nicholas

    At the World Economic Forum recently Neelie Kroes announced the setting up of the “Cloud Partnership”. With it she announced a policy to increase the uptake of cloud computing throughout Europe through the creation of common standards and regulation, together with an initial investment of Euro 10 Million from the European Commission to make it […]

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  • A stop to league table ‘incentives’?

    Laura Richards

    The current examination system is said to encourage schools to focus their teaching towards the actual exam, rather than providing a general overview of the subject. The purpose of new league tables, due out next week, is to incentivise schools to raise standards and teaching for all pupils, instead of encouraging them to jump through […]

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  • No notice Ofsted inspections – a logical progression?

    Laura Richards

    Ofsted’s new chief has announced the current two day notice before an inspection is set to be replaced with a no notice system for inspections for all schools in England from autumn. Some schools believe these changes are a result of recent claims that schools attempt to portray a stronger impression during Ofsted inspections by […]

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  • UK Government calls for input on public procurement reform

    Alex Kynoch

    Just before Christmas the UK Government requested input from various bodies across the UK on the EU Commission’s legislative proposals for a reform of public procurement. Both the Commission and the Government have stated that procurement reform is a priority in 2012 so we are hoping to see some progress made over the next 12 […]

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  • Public sector leaders fear increased private sector collaboration

    Bridget Tatham

    Around half of public sector senior leaders have expressed concerns over growing public-private sector collaborations according to a recent report by global management consulting firm the Hay Group. The report, Relationship Counselling, surveyed around 200 senior leaders from local government, healthcare, uniformed services and universities. The report highlights growing opposition and resentment to closer ties […]

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  • New public procurement thresholds published

    Alex Kynoch

    The updated public procurement thresholds came into force on 1 January 2012. As the first working day of the New Year for many, today is likely to be the first day of their practical application. Whilst the Regulation sets out the thresholds in Euros the equivalent in Sterling has also been published. The limit for […]

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  • Historic bribery case lands court clerk behind bars

    Matthew Woodford

    Munir Yakub Patel, an administrative clerk, made legal history today after being handed a three-year prison term for bribery and ordered to serve six years concurrently for misconduct in a public office. Patel pled guilty on October 14 this year to requesting and receiving a bribe intending to improperly perform his functions, contrary to Section […]

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