Archives for April 28th, 2005

A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE? REVIEW OF EXPERIENCES FROM PARTNERSHIP OUTSOURCING

Abstracts, PublicNet: 28 April, 2005

This report from the Society of IT Management and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, provides a frank assessment of public/private partnerships which will account for some £4bn of local authority ICT activity over the next few years. The survey of local councils uncovered contracts worth in excess of 122 million pounds per year, and an average value approaching 6 million pounds per year. With an average contract life of nearly seven and a half years, the survey covers nearly a billion pounds of work transferred from the public to the private sector, suggesting a total of nearly £4 billion across the sector as a whole.The report identifies good and bad approaches. Mistakes from real life partnership and outsourcing arrangements, which are presented anonymously, provide valuable learning experiences. Like real life marriage, the divorce rate is rising, and fewer contracts do actually last until ‘death do us part’. There are many arrangements labelled as ‘partnerships’ for purely for political expediency and are not partnerships in the true sense. The report emphasizes that partnerships do work, and many very successfully. But in order to work there must be a trusting relationship which requires care, effort and a good deal of ‘give and take’.

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CAB LOOKS FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR LEGAL SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 April, 2005

Citizens Advice has launched a drive to recruit more volunteers. It is looking for people who want to help to ensure that others get justice and fair treatment in the eyes of the law and is highlighting the work its Bureaux do in providing legal services.The appeal for people to give time to their local Citizens Advice Bureaux comes as the Year of the Volunteer, which has a different focus each month, switches to the theme of justice.

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ALLIANCE SETS OUT KEY DEMANDS TO END POVERTY FOR FAMILIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 April, 2005

The Maternity Alliance has launched what it is calling a Baby Manifesto, setting out for the next Government key demands it believes would change the lives of thousands of new parents and their babies. The Alliance wants policies for families that would aim to give every child an equal start.The Alliance – a national charity working to improve support for and end inequality amongst, pregnant women, new parents and children under a year old – says that in 21st century Britain, poverty and social exclusion are still blighting the lives of thousands of children and affecting their future life chances before they have even reached their first birthday.

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