Alongside the main inquiry into the public sector services provider Carillion collapse, which affected hundreds of contracts, another UK inquiry is looking into outsourcing public services. Local government experts have told MPs on the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee that councils could counter the ‘concentrated’ market by breaking down tenders into lots. A Local Government Association Conservative leader told the committee: “Our key driver is to try and engage a broader market at the pre-procurement stage through market days, through consulting with local markets to try and stimulate interest, and support smaller organisations or local organisations to try and bid for opportunities.” A fuller report can be found on New Civil Engineer.

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