Archives for July 12th, 2006

TRANSFORMING PROCUREMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 12 July, 2006

This study of purchasing practice in leading organizations from PA Consulting Group reveals that most have focused on price leverage and overhead cost reduction, but only price leverage has actually delivered significant benefit. The survey included central government agencies; health authorities and local government.A key finding is that organisational constraints have meant that most are only half way along the journey to best practice and have realised less than one quarter of the potential benefits.

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SCOTTISH COUNCILS ‘DETERMINED TO CUT YOUTH OFFENDING’

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 July, 2006

Local authorities in Scotland have stressed their commitment to reducing offending by young people in spite of new figures that show the number of persistent young offenders has gone up. The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities said councils were working hard to identify and help young people in need and to stop them offendingCOSLA’s Social Work and Health Improvement spokesman Councillor Eric Jackson said the fact that the Scottish Executive’s target on youth offending had not been met was disappointing but added, “We are in this for the long term, and as anyone who has worked day in day out with young people, as councils have, will know that it often takes a long time to overcome young offenders complex, and deep seated problems.”

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CARE TRUSTS URGED TO LOOK TO THIRD SECTOR FOR SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 July, 2006

Primary Care Trusts are being encouraged to look to local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations when they commission health and social care services. A new report from a Department of Health taskforce is also setting out practical tools for PCTs, advising them how to make the most of the voluntary sector.The report says community and voluntary bodies can bring additional benefits to patients and service users by offering a range of high-quality, personalised services. It also provides advice for voluntary groups on how to succeed in bidding for contracts and provides a proposed model contract as a basis for discussion.

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