Social Value Act Misused by Some UK Councils

13 Dec 2018
We’ve written previously about how the UK government is strengthening the Social Value Act to require commissioners to explicitly evaluate social value when they tender a contract. Consideration of the wider social value must be added by each bidder. But CivilSociety reports from the annual...

EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement Endorsed

13 Dec 2018
European Parliament News announces that Parliament has endorsed a ‘landmark’ EU-Japan free trade agreement to allow free trade and remove most duties on EU goods exported to Japan. Wine, cheese, beef, pork, pasta, chocolate and biscuits will enter duty-free either immediately or after a...

GPP Helpdesk Webinar – Purchasing Green Cleaning Products and Services

6 Dec 2018
December 18th at 14:00 CET (15.00 GMT). This is the second of two Webinars organised as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on Green Public Procurement (GPP). This is a forum for stakeholders in public sector procurement to learn about important new developments in the resources...

Procurement Needs Huge Cultural Shift for a Digital NHS

6 Dec 2018
This week Public Finance ran an opinion piece from Colin Cram, a public sector consultant specialising in procurement who has worked in the UK public sector for over 40 years. He discusses, at some length, how a digitally enabled UK NHS (National Health Service) could transform medical treatment...

The European Commission’s Proposals for the Next Horizon Europe

6 Dec 2018
The European Commission has published its proposals for the Horizon Europe framework to succeed the Horizon 2020 project. The Horizon 2021-2027 research and innovation programme will be worth €100 billion and is expected to launch on 1 January 2021. We have seen many projects benefiting from the...

2018 eGovernment Benchmark Report

6 Dec 2018
A study from Capgemini in conjunction with consortium partners Sogeti, IDC and Politecnico di Milano, highlights the status of Europe’s digital government transformation and looks at how far public sector organisations are taking the steps necessary to achieve shared eGovernment goals. It finds...

Gov.UK Plans for £600bn National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline

29 Nov 2018
The UK Government has announced a pipeline of projects worth £600 billion for infrastructure investment over the next decade in a commitment to drive the modernisation of the construction sector and improve the delivery of economic and social infrastructure projects. It includes projects such as...