Author Archives: John Tizard

The Political Parties Should Commit To An Enquiry Into Public Service Outsourcing

It is both interesting and encouraging that senior politicians have already spoken about public sector outsourcing and contracting in the first week of the 2017 General Election. Jeremy Corbyn has committed to using public procurement to drive up standards of employment, ensure trade union membership for employees and timely payments to suppliers especially smaller companies,… Read More...

A champion of the sector

Last Thursday afternoon I received an email from George Jones commenting on an article which I had written for that day’s The MJ. He was impressed The MJ editorial team had published a book review, having told me only two weeks ago (over one of our regular lunches that at times felt more like tutorials,… Read More...

Public procurement should be delivering opportunities for people with disabilities

Reading the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)’s report on employment for people with disabilities (or perhaps more aptly ‘lack of employment for people with disabilities’) Rethinking Disability Work http://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/core/wp-, I was reminded that although we have made progress in this country in terms of rights for people with disabilities there is a long, long way… Read More...

Economic growth unsustainable without strong local charities

Reading the recently published House of Lords Select Committee report on charities (‘Strong Charities for a Stronger Society’ – http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/john-tizard/house-of-lords_b_15708240.html) and recent New Start articles on regeneration, social and economic investment and localism, I have been struck by the correlation between them. It is increasingly accepted that economic regeneration and growth must not only be… Read More...

Public procurement should be proportionate to risks – not fuel insatiable bureaucratic appetites

They should safeguard public interests and ensure public value, which should include ensuring value for money is secured. They should also guarantee probity and ethical standards. And they should, in my view, promote wider public policy including social, economic and environmental goals. They are also vital for ensuring equity, fairness and, where appropriate, competition between… Read More...

Charities And The VCS Should Get Back To Basics – Pressing Their Case Fearlessly Not Impersonating Outsourcers

One of the attributes that separates charities and the voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations from other sectors is that they are driven primarily by their mission – by their cause. Indeed, many were founded by individuals, with a passion for a specific cause: wanting to address social, economic and environmental wrongs; wishing to create… Read More...