Poland – New Public Procurement Law

14 Feb 2019
The Polish Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology has initiated a public consultation process concerning a new draft Public Procurement Law and regulations that will implement the new legislation, writes Lexology. Starting from 1 January 2020, the new law is to fully replace the existing...

Public Sector Bodies Recognised For Counter-Fraud Efforts

14 Feb 2019
A number of public sector organisations have been recognised for their efforts in tackling fraud, which is estimated to cost the UK government between £31bn and £49bn every year. Winner of the ‘excellence in fraud prevention’ category was the HMRC for its ‘tackling alcohol at source’...

All UK Government CIPS Members Expected To Upgrade to Chartered Status

7 Feb 2019
The UK Government Commercial Function (GCF) has announced it expects all government CIPS Members to upgrade to Chartered Status. In its new guidance to employees is says Members and Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) across government are expected to upgrade to...

Council Tax Employee Siphons Off £80,000 in Public Money

7 Feb 2019
A Rochdale (England) council worker has been jailed for diverting £80,000 of public money to himself and his friends. He was eventually caught after an internal investigation found he had altered banking and addresses of businesses to make fraudulent transfers, but had used his work email address...

UK Northern Cities Found Hardest Hit By Local Authority Spending Cuts

31 Jan 2019
News from The Guardian this week points to a report by the Centre for Cities think-tank, which says local authority spending in the UK has fallen nationally by half since 2010. Some northern cities in particular, including Liverpool, Blackburn and Barnsley, are facing average cuts twice that of...

World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report Released

31 Jan 2019
The World Economic Forum has released its Global Risks Report 2019. For the third year in a row, climate change and climate change-related risks dominate the list, accounting for five of the top 10 risks by both likelihood and impact. The report provides an opportunity to place the global risk...

56m Euros of EU Funding Available For Innovation Procurements

31 Jan 2019
Proposals are called for the Horizon 2020 project which supports two types of innovation procurement: Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) addresses the development and testing of innovative solutions, Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI) focuses on the deployment of innovative...