Archives for May 23rd, 2001

SUPPLIERS MOVE INTO E-GOVERNMENT MARKET

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 May, 2001

The worldwide marketplace for e-government information services this year is estimated by Forrester Research at 55 billion dollars with annual growth at 14 percent. Companies worldwide are gearing up to share in this market. Before the announcment by the Labour Party that it is planning greater involvement of private finance and expertise in the public sector, UK companies were already moving in to provide customer services, such as parking fine payments and as well as to offer e-procurement facilities.The US company EDS (Electronic Data Systems), which has over one third of the UK government IT outsourcing market has formed a partnership with Ezgov, a leading e-government technology specialist, that already provides services to public bodies in the US. EDS Ventures, the venture capital arm of EDS has invested 6.25 million dollars in EzGov.

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LABOUR PLANS MAJOR ROLE FOR PRIVATE SECTOR IN PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 May, 2001

The thinking behind statements in the Labour Party’s manifesto about radical reform of public services is now becoming clearer. In its first term of office Labour embraced private-public partnerships, although they have been confined mainly to capital projects. For the future, structural change involving the private sector is on the agenda for all public services, because it is believed that extra cash alone will not deliver change. In the light of this development it becomes clear what the statement by Tony Blair that: “There will be no barriers and no dogmas” actually means. Changes on this scale would fundamentally alter the role of government from a provider of public services to a facilitator.The health service would be at the forefront of change. It has already been announced that 20 new treatment centers would be set up in partnership with the private sector. Plans have now been revealed to buy in services from the private health sector and it has been speculated that primary care groups and hospitals could be run under the Private Finance Initiative. In education, the option to contract out the management of schools, currently restricted to failing schools, could be extended to all schools. The Party’s manifesto makes it clear that despite any changes, services would continue to be free at the point of delivery.

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THE ROLE OF CENTRAL UNITS IN THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 May, 2001

By Richard ParryThe Scottish Executive, building on the legacy of the Scottish Office, has sought to sustain powerful central units and resists monolithic departments serving its ministers. This has lessons for Whitehall’s attempts at joined up government. But in Scotland the political focus of the Executive has not yet matched its organizational potential.

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