Author Archives: John Tizard

Beyond contracting: public service stewardship to maximise public value

In this blog, John Tizard, co-author of our latest report Beyond contracting: public service stewardship to maximise public value, introduces some key issues and arguments. This is part of our series on public procurement – find out more here. The public sector in Wales spends over £6bn per year on the procurement of services, works and goods.… Read More...

When outsourcing it’s vital to assess the full costs – not simply contract price

All too often public sector leaders and managers consider outsourcing public services because they believe it will save money. This can be tempting given the horrendous impact of austerity-driven cuts and budget constraints. With outsourcing as with many other temptations, it is always wise to consider the full implications of the offer before taking a… Read More...

More and more public services can be publicly owned and publicly managed in the public interest

As the Labour Party reaffirms its commitment to set in-house ownership and management as the default option for public services, public sector leaders and senior officials should consider how to respond. Most public bodies (including most local authorities) will have long-term outsourcing contracts and many will be considering whether to outsource other services or whether… Read More...