Casual Use Of Language Can Dilute Values Especially In The VCS

Many in the voluntary and community sector instinctively and ideologically reject the neo-liberal love of markets and competition, especially in public service delivery; and its consequential greater inequality and less social collectivism And many who work in the public sector as well as self-described ‘progressive’ politicians share this position. This is broadly understandable as they… Read More...

Reach out to volunteers

Local authority leaders should foster and develop strong relations with the local voluntary and community sector and view its member organisations and their staff, volunteers and supporters, as natural allies, writes John Tizard. As former vice-chair of the National Association of Voluntary Community Action, I hear too many reports about local authorities failing to connect… Read More...

Opportunity to showcase progressive public procurement

I am delighted to be a judge for the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2017/18 (National GO Awards). Having judged these national awards on several previous occasions, I am expecting to evaluate some exciting entries. If past years are anything to go by, I expect that I will be disappointed when… Read More...

Public procurement professionals can make their mark in 2017

There can be no doubt that 2017 will be a tough and challenging year for the public sector, especially local government and the NHS. This means challenges and hopefully opportunities for procurement professionals across the public sector. There will be less money with further and deeper cuts to expenditure and services. Over the last decade… Read More...

A Christmas wish… or two

As 2016 draws to a close, many in local government will be reflecting on an extraordinary year with so many extraordinary events.  For local government itself, in spite of further cuts and increasing service demands, there have also been some encouraging developments including continued devolution. There is little prospect of local government’s financial position improving… Read More...