Browsing by topic: Local Government

Commercial Councils, Commercial Skills and Partnership Working

  • BSA staff
  • 9 Mar 2017
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On 31st January the BSA, in conjunction with Associate Member Trowers & Hamlins, held an event to discuss the culture, ethos and practicalities of running commercial councils.

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Flexibility key for apprenticeship levy in Northern Ireland, BSA says

  • BSA staff
  • 6 Jan 2017
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Employers in Northern Ireland should be able to use apprenticeship levy funding as flexibly as possible, the BSA has said. Responding to a consultation from the Northern Ireland government, the BSA called for a better flow of information between Westminster and devolved governments. The response also highlighted the important role of business service...

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BSA submission to Inclusive Growth Commission highlights key role of business services industry

  • BSA staff
  • 4 Jan 2017
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The BSA has offered its submission to the Inclusive Growth Commission on how to ensure communities across the UK benefit from economic growth. The Commission is chaired by former BBC Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders and seeks to devise new models for place-based growth, which include the widest range of people. Devolution, public-sector commissioning...

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Future of Regional Transport - December 2016

  • BSA staff
  • 21 Dec 2016
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On Friday 2nd December the BSA, in partnership with DWF, held the latest in a series of events focused on regional transport. The title of the latest instalment was the ‘Future of Regional Transport’. Speakers included Midlands Connect, Transport for Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, IPPR North and BSA members Balfour Beatty. The...

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BSA feeds into DCLG consultation on Fair Deal in Local Government

  • BSA staff. Photo credit: Jacob Edward
  • 19 Aug 2016
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The BSA has responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations. BSA members welcome the proposals to implement policies on Fair Deal which will create consistancy across the public sector pension schemes and promote uniformity in approach by local authorities...

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Transport and the Midlands Engine - June 2016

  • BSA staff
  • 13 Jul 2016
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On Wednesday 22nd June 2016 the BSA , in partnership with DWF, hosted an event discussing transport in the Midlands. The event was the latest in a series examining the impact of devolution on transportation in regions across the UK. Speakers represented a range of organisations including, but not excluded to, HS2 Ltd, Transport for the West Midlands...

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DWP - Wellbeing and Work Trials - Group Work

  • BSA staff
  • 31 May 2016
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DWP have launched an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for Group Work contracts in 5 contract package areas. Avon, Severn and Thames, Durham and Tees Valley, Mercia, Merseyside and Midlandshires. This is an open competition. Full details of the specification can be found on the Contracts Finder website. Wellbeing and Work Trials - Group Work Supplier...

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Supply chains and local growth paper launched by the BSA

  • BSA staff
  • 31 May 2016
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The BSA paper: “Supply chains: Building ecosystems for local growth” brings together the cutting edge examples of how businesses are promoting engagement, best practice and innovation with their supply chain partners. Using case studies from BSA members, it highlights ways in which positive examples can be scaled up across the public and private...

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Transport and the Northern Powerhouse: North East - May 2016

  • BSA staff
  • 16 May 2016
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On Thursday 5th May the BSA, in partnership with DWF, hosted an event discussing transport in the North East of England, as part of the wider Northern Powerhouse project. Speakers represented a range of bodies including, but not excluded to, Transport for the North, the North East Combined Authority and Newcastle International Airport. Topics covered...

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Letter: Budget 2016

  • BSA staff
  • 16 Feb 2016
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The BSA has published its submission to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the 2016 Budget.

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BSA commissioned research featured in the Guardian

  • BSA staff
  • 15 Dec 2015
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The Guardian has featured a Centre for Cities report on fiscal devolution sponsored by the BSA as part of our ongoing work on devolution. The report argues that for the Government’s devolution revolution to be successful over the long term, local leaders must be given more control over their own finances – including the power to retain stamp duty...

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BSA comment on Guidance for ethical standards for public service providers report

  • BSA staff
  • 2 Dec 2015

Quoted in the ‘Guidance for ethical standards for public service providers’ report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, BSA Director of Policy Melanie Maxwell Scott said: “High ethical standards can and should be achieved by any public service provider. The sector they come from is not material as long as expectations are made clear and...

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BSA comment on the Spending Review and Autumn Statement

  • BSA staff
  • 25 Nov 2015

Commenting on today’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement by the Chancellor, the BSA’s chief executive, Mark Fox, said: “The Chancellor’s statement sets a sustainable forward path. The private sector has a key role to play in growing the UK economy and delivering public services. The BSA will continue to work closely with all central government departments...

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How do we make sure government actually works for working people? with Matt Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

  • BSA staff
  • 26 Oct 2015
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The Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General outlined a five year plan for public service transformation.

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BSA responds to Spending Review 2015

  • BSA staff
  • 8 Sep 2015

The BSA has published its submission to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the Spending Review 2015, which will be delivered on 25th November. The BSA believes that to make the significant savings in the non-protected departments and to cope with rising demand in the protected ones, more imaginative redesigning of the state is needed. Notable...

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BSA comment: Government's Productivity Plan

  • BSA staff
  • 10 Jul 2015
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Commenting on the publication today of the government’s Productivity Plan, BSA Chief Executive Mark Fox said: “The BSA welcomes George Osborne and Sajid Javid’s focus on UK productivity with the publication of the Productivity Plan today. The business services sector is an important part of the UK economy and BSA members play a key role in supporting...

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BSA Blog: Party manifestos and the outsourcing industry

  • BSA staff
  • 27 Apr 2015

Blog by new policy advisor Michael Rose for the BSA With just two weeks to go until Britain’s voters head to the polls in what is anticipated to be the tightest general election in decades, the political parties have now laid out their programmes for office. Normally the principal focus would be on Labour and the Conservatives, the two parties traditionally...

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BSA Blog: Opportunities for business services in public service delivery

  • BSA staff
  • 23 Apr 2015

The theory behind outsourcing is simple. You have a service to provide but, for cost, capability or capacity reasons, cannot do it yourself. Therefore you contract someone who can: at lowest cost, offering high quality, and with experience in that field. Their profit levels are balanced by their need to be competitive which also drives efficiencies...

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BSA Annual Lecture

  • 4 Apr 2015
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The 7th BSA Annual Lecture was delivered on Thursday 19th March by Stan Soloway, President and CEO of the Professional Services Council. This was a well-attended event and we are grateful to Barclays for their support.

The notes accompanying Stan Soloway’s keynote speech can be found below.

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Ten Tips for Dealing with Suppliers

  • 31 Mar 2015
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Public Service Transformation Network Providers Group, which includes the BSA, has published a blog ‘Ten Tips for Dealing with Suppliers’, which can be accessed here.

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