‘Increasingly critical’ council savings dependent on leadership

Finding savings has become ‘increasingly critical’ for local authorities who are facing continuous reductions in funding.

Third iteration of Digital Outcomes and Specialists this year

The CCS has confirmed that a third iteration of Digital Outcomes and Specialists will open for supplier applications later this year.

Accountability often broken in outsourced council services

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman warns about the issues found during investigations into councils’ management of external contracts.

Tussell reveals top local government suppliers

Skanska has been revealed as the top regular supplier to local government in 2017, a new ranking by Tussell has shown.

71 per cent of Manchester’s procurement spend is local

According to the CLES, Manchester City Council spent approximately £320 million procuring goods and services from local businesses last year.

Funding boost for small cloud tech businesses

Oliver Dowden has announced that a new version of the G-Cloud procurement framework will open for bids in April.

Council tax set to rise in 95 per cent of councils

Council tax is set to rise in 95 per cent of councils as a direct result of concerns for their financial stability.

Nottingham highlights further SME support

After awarding £48 million worth of contracts to SMEs last year, Nottingham City Council has pledged to continue to support smaller suppliers.

New details released on Legal Services Marketplace

CCS has released further details about the new Legal Services Marketplace, expected be awarded in 2018 and estimated to be worth £650 million.

Outsourcing in public sector spikes in Q3

Local authorities and central government departments procured contracts worth £723 million between July and September 2017.

£12.2 billion spent with SMEs in 2015 to 2016

The Cabinet Office has revealed that SMEs benefited from £12.2 billion worth of central government spending in 2015 to 2016.

Council collaboration for HR framework

The London Borough of Waltham Forest has entered a new partnership with YPO to launch a new national HR procurement framework.

Digital transformation helps councils collect council tax

A digital transformation programme for two councils has helped result in millions of pounds in council tax being recouped.

Apprenticeship framework for civil service

A new Crown Commercial Service framework will invest more than £360 million in developing the next generation of public servants.

Wakefield saves £200,000 on print services

Wakefield Council has saved more than £200,000 on its print requirements through CCS’s Wider Public Sector Print Services framework.

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Event Diary

The annual Digital Government conference will be returning to the QEII Centre, London on Thursday 24th May.

On the 16th & 17th of May, UK’s most ambitious SME owners, startup owners, creative leaders and decision makers will take part in what is being Europe’s largest business event.