The Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group for construction has been advised by specialist contractors on ways to improve public procurement. Among the proposals are greater use of project bank accounts, placing retentions in trust and the creation of a construction regulator. There are more details in the construction index. Also in Scotland, the Government has inverted its tech procurement to help public sector buy what it doesn’t yet know exists. Similar to what we have seen the Barcelona City do, the CivTech programme has been designed to help public-sector customers use new and innovative technology to solve their service-delivery or operational challenges. Rather than tendering for a solution, the problem to be solved is outlined, and public sector agencies are encouraged to work with start-ups and entrepreneurs to develop ideas. The full story is on Public Technology.net.