NAO publishes report on the DWP Work Programme

  • 2 Jul 2014

The NAO has published a report on the DWP Work Programme. The report says that the initiative has improved on previous welfare-to-work programmes but that it is not working as DWP intended in the way it rewards contractors for performance. The report covers: easier-to-help payment groups harder-to-help payment groups contracts and controlling...

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Ed Miliband and Andrew Adonis: ‘Mending the Fractured State’

  • 1 Jul 2014

Ed Miliband and Lord Andrew Adonis have published a review of regional growth entitled ‘Mending the Fractured State’. The report makes a number of new practical recommendations towards the main aims of enabling growth, nationally and locally, improving skills and increasing exports: Devolution to LEPs and Cities Encourage stronger partnerships...

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BSA Annual Lecture with Rachel Reeves MP

  • 27 Jun 2014
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On Tuesday 24th June, the BSA hosted its Annual Lecture at the British Academy in London. Our guest speaker was rising star of the Opposition front bench, the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves. Reeves drew upon her experience as former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and explained her team’...

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BSA holds event on Data Security and Use in the Provision of Public Services

  • 26 Jun 2014
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On 25th June 2014, the BSA held an event with associate member, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP on Data Security and Use in the Provision of Public Services. The event was made up of two separate panel discussions; the first of these focused on Harnessing and Using Data in the Delivery of Public Services, while the second looked at Data Identity and Security...

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Letter to the Telegraph: the costs of switching to green shipping fuel

  • 18 Jun 2014
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On 18th June 2014, the Telegraph published a letter on the costs of switching to green shipping fuel, highlighting the prohibitive expense of low-sulphur technology which could lead to thousands more lorries clogging up the roads. The signatories call on the Government to take action on these issues by insisting that the EU allow pragmatic transitional...

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BSA holds event with Minister and Ruby McGregor-Smith on Women in Management in the Outsourced Services Industry

  • 11 Jun 2014
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On Tuesday 10th June, the BSA held a successful event with Jenny Willott MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and Chief Executive of BSA member MITIE Group, Ruby McGregor-Smith, CBE, on Women in Management in the Outsourced Services Industry....

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Cabinet Office publishes State of the Estate 2013

  • 9 Jun 2014

The State of the Estate in 2013 report was laid before Parliament on 5th June 2014. The report provides data about the size, ownership, geographical distribution and use of central government buildings. The civil estate includes all central government property, except for defence military estate, prisons, NHS estate, Defra rural estate, FCO and Home...

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BIS and Cabinet Office announce Cyber Essentials Scheme

  • 5 Jun 2014

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks. The Scheme follows on from a call for evidence on a preferred organisational standard in cyber security carried out by Government together with industry, which concluded in November 2013. The full scheme, launched...

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The BSA has welcomed the overall message of growth and helping business in today’s Queen’s Speech

  • 4 Jun 2014
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The Queen’s Speech 2014 took place at 11.30am today (4th June), setting out the Government’s proposed legislative programme for the year ahead. Measures include: - Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. This will focus on small businesses, including in relation to prompt payment. It will provide small firms with “fair access to the £230...

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LGA publishes its Local Government National Category Strategy for ICT

  • 28 May 2014

The Crown Commercial Service have announced that the Local Government Association have published a Local Government National Category Strategy for ICT. ICT is one of three priority categories for national management, selected by the LGA - the others being energy and construction. Terry Brewer was tasked with extending the London ICT Programme on a...

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Major Projects Authority Annual Report 2013-14

  • 23 May 2014
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The Cabinet Office has published the Annual Report for the Major Projects Authority (MPA). This reviews its remit, portfolio and progress with major projects across all government departments. Key points raised in the report include: The MPA has 199 infrastructure and transformation projects in its portfolio, with a combined whole life cost...

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BSA members employ 11,500 apprentices in the UK

  • 13 May 2014
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New BSA research shows members employ 11,500 apprentices nationwide. The BSA announced the figure from a survey of its 35 full members at an event held with associate member Barclays, which focused on the value of apprenticeships in the Business and Outsourced Services Sector. Chief Executive of the BSA, Mark Fox, has welcomed the new research and...

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BSA welcomes new BIS research showing thousands more apprentices are progressing into Higher Education following their apprenticeship

  • 12 May 2014

The Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock, announced the news at a BSA event to discuss apprenticeships in the business and outsourced services sector. The Minister published research which shows that overall, almost 20% of advanced apprentices moved onto Higher Education following the completion of their apprenticeship. Cohorts of apprentices...

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BSA publishes briefing: Sustainability in Schools

  • 15 Apr 2014
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This note highlights the need for a whole-school approach to reducing energy use and how it can have a dramatic effect on energy bills, education and the environment. The briefing is in PDF form here: BSA - Sustainability in Schools...

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BSA publishes green paper on improving Civil Service procurement capability

  • 14 Apr 2014
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This Green Paper makes three key points before proposing some potential improvements to how the civil service promotes both procurement skills and wider commercial skills within its workforce. The key points are: Procurement by UK public sector bodies underperforms by comparison with both the private sector and other European Union Member States...

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EC High Level Group on Business Services publishes final report

  • 9 Apr 2014

The European Commission High Level Group on Business Services has published its final report in which it calls for Business Services to be adequately reflected in the Europe 2020 Strategy. The BSA is the only UK representative body to sit on the High Level Group. The final report includes case studies from several BSA members, for which we are grateful...

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Service Transformation Challenge Panel announced

  • 2 Apr 2014

HM Treasury and the Department for Communities and Local Government have announced the creation of an independent panel to look at how public services are delivered. The Service Transformation Challenge Panel will advise on what needs to happen both locally and nationally to increase the pace and scale of transformation within public services. Where...

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Cabinet Office strategic suppliers announcement

  • 2 Apr 2014

The Cabinet Office have published their risk management policy for strategic suppliers. It includes information on how the Cabinet Office will monitor and react to the contractual and financial performance of their suppliers and their groups. For further information click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategic-suppliers....

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BSA publishes major new Health report: Towards a better patient experience.

  • 27 Mar 2014
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The paper explores the importance of patient experience, the role non-clinical services play in shaping patients’ experience during their time in hospital, and how NHS Trusts can seek to deliver a better experience for patients through these services. The paper is in pdf form here: BSA - Towards a better patient experience. We are grateful to members...

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PFM publishes exclusive interview with BSA Chief Executive

  • 26 Mar 2014
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This month’s PFM includes an exclusive interview with Mark Fox, CEO of the BSA, in which he discusses the BSA and the sector.

PFM: Page 12 - link to PDF.

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