The publication of responses to the “Future of fire and rescue control services in England” consultation by Government delivers a valuable insight identifying not just factors contributing to the failure of the FiReControl fiasco but providing some valuable lessons for shaping the future of fire and rescue control services in England. Whilst Fire Minister Bob [...]
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has praised three ‘can do’ councils who are acting to protect frontline services and local council tax payers. The nation faces an unprecedented financial situation and every part of the public sector, including local government, which accounts for a quarter of all public expenditure, has a part to play. Many [...]
A review into Southwest One, the public-private partnership that supplies back-office functions including Purchasing and HR for Somerset County Council has revealed the contract “could do better”. Commissioned by Council Leader Ken Maddock, the review was completed in June 2010. It recommends that Southwest One should be renegotiated to deliver “efficiencies”. This renegotiation project has [...]
On Wednesday 25th May, President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed their close bilateral co-operation, and charted important new steps forward, on an area of increasing attention: cyberspace issues, particularly cyber security. The Office of Cyber Security & Information Assurance in the Cabinet Office will continue to work across Whitehall, with the private sector [...]
The Government has unveiled new Big Society plans to make it easier and more attractive to give time and money to good causes. Britons are already generous but evidence suggests levels of giving time and money have flat-lined in recent years. The Giving White Paper seeks to renew Britain’s culture of philanthropy by working with [...]
by Andrea Di Maio | May 23, 2011 Last week I met the CIO of a government agency and we discussed about their current plans for internal collaboration, based on the deployment of a particular commercial solution. He seemed to have quite clear ideas about investment, deployment and sustainability of that initiative, for which he [...]
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This one-day workshop has been developed for local authorities (and other public sector organisations) that are either:
*considering whether they should engage with an external strategic partner to improve delivery of their services
*already engaged in a strategic partnership agreement but want to improve its performance and/or reduce its costs.
*The aim of the day is to provide an overview of key strategic partnership models currently available and their respective advantages and disadvantages. The concepts presented will be based on local government case studies so delegates can discuss what in practice works, what doesn’t, and why.
At this seminar, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss:
*The current economic climate and whether strategic partnerships with external serice providers can bring efficiencies to local authorities
*Key factors to think through when considering strategic partnerships
*How to explain and document expectations to your strategic partner to avoid misunderstandings and additional charges that can affect time scales and costs of implementation
*How to reduce your total cost of ownership over the lifetime of the agreement
*How to ensure you get buy-in from your staff – eliminate the worries they have when the strategic partner starts to run your services
*How to successfully manage your strategic partner and the key metrics by which to measure their performance – and yours…
*The top pitfalls to avoid – and how to deal with them if they creep into your agreement.
A new statutory code of practice designed to help businesses and public sector bodies share people’s personal information appropriately has been published today by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO’s data sharing code of practice covers both routine and one-off instances of data sharing. It includes good practice advice that will be helpful to [...]
Unprecedented levels of collaboration between local authorities, emergency services, health, education and civil society organisations, leading to radical re-design of local public service delivery, is the future envisaged in the Strategy for ICT-enabled local public services launched at the Socitm Spring conference on May 11. Successful implementation of the Strategy will lead to significant savings [...]
BT today announced it has signed a Deed of Undertaking (DoU) with the Cabinet Office, enabling it to become a provider of the core network underpinning the Public Sector Network (PSN) programme, a secure “network of networks” specifically for the public sector. As a result, BT Wholesale becomes a key supplier of open and competitive [...]
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