Expanding Payment by Results

Policy Exchange: 5 February 2013

By Max Chambers

This Policy Exchange publication considers how a commercially viable payment by results model could be rolled out quickly.

Policy Exchange, ISBN 978-1-907689-43-7

The Case for Private Prisons

Reform: February 2013

By Will Tanner

Reform make a positive case that private prisons both perform better and are cheaper to run than their public sector counterparts. The report calls on the Government to open all prisons in England and Wales up to competition.


Transforming Rehabilitation: A revolution in the way we manage offenders

Ministry of Justice: January 2013

This consultation document from the Ministry of Justice sets out plans to reform the way probation services are commissioned and open up greater opportunities for delivery by external providers.

TSO, ISBN 978-0-10-185172-5

Coalition Mid-Term Review

Cabinet Office: January 2013

By HM Government

This Mid-Term Review document provides an update on the progress we are making in implementing our Programme for Government.


Barriers to choice - a review of public services and the government's response

January 2013

By David Boyle

David Boyle met with service users and professionals across the country and spoke to them about their experiences of public services and what choice means to them. This initial government response welcomes David Boyle’s review and responds to the recommendations put forward. It highlights how the government has been extending and will continue to extend choice across public services.

Cabinet Office and Open Public Services

A review of the potential benefits from the better use of information and technology in Health and Social Care

January 2013

By PwC

In December 2012 the Secretary of State commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) to undertake a high-level piece of work highlighting the potential benefits that could be achievable through the more efficient and effective use of information and technology in the NHS and social care before any action is taken.

In particular, the review focussed on highlighting further material evidence over and above that presented in the IA that helped to demonstrate “the most promising areas where significant net benefits in terms of cash, time and resources… can be released from the health and social care system for reinvestment in improved services and patient outcomes”. The review is therefore additional to the baseline view presented in the IA.


Better Public Services: A roadmap for revolution


By Sean Worth

This report details the findings of an ambitious research programme, conducted over a period of eight months, which sought to mobilise ideas to tackle the challenge of a wholesale revolution in our public services. As well as extensive analysis of public service reforms, it includes information from discussion events, interviews and surveys with experts from charities, social enterprises, businesses, the public sector and service users themselves.

Policy Exchange, ISBN 978-1-907689-49-9

Delivering better healthcare outcomes more efficiently: A £2.3 billion and Hyde Park sized Opportunity


By EC Harris

With more than half of the £20 billion Nicholson savings challenge completed, there are still major savings to be found to complete this daunting task across the NHS. Add in “tariff negative” settlements for healthcare providers over the next few years plus the full implementation of Clinical Commissioning Groups and it is clear that radical change to the way the NHS does business will remain at the top of the agenda.

EC Harris

The power of partnership: how to seize the potential


Sodexo has been supporting the partnerships report series, which explores how providers from the private and third sector can best work with the NHS.

A reference panel of senior leaders convened in early 2012 to author the first report, which made the case for partnership working between sectors.

In 2013, the group met again to produce a practical guide, with tips for all sectors, on how to procure for and deliver partnership contracts.

The report looks at three phases of the partnership process: getting started, procurement and delivery.


A New Approach to Public Private Partnerships

HM Treasury: December 2012

This guidance document from HM Treasury sets out proposed reforms to the use of private finance to fund public sector projects

TSO, ISBN 978-1-909096-14-1

The Shadow State: A report about outsourcing of public services

Social Enterprise UK: December 2012

By Zoe Williams

This report outlines perceived risks attached to the way that public service markets are being developed and the effect that outsourcing practice is having on the wider economy. It posits that a ‘shadow state’ is emerging, where a small number of companies have large and complex stakes in public service markets, and a great deal of control over how they work. Transparency and genuine accountability are lacking.

Social Enterprise UK

Commissioning Dialogues

December 2012

By Adrian Harvey with Claire Mansfield and George McFarlane

Local government has made use of the private and voluntary sectors to deliver public services for decades. While public-private-partnerships have sometimes been controversial, the evidence suggests that they have often delivered improvements to council services. As many authorities go down the route of becoming commissioning councils – turning away from traditional in-house provision in favour of some form of outcome-focused delivery – it is more important than ever that they have a fully functioning and competitive marketplace.


Cabinet Office Procurement Policy Note - Taking Account of Bidders' Past Performance

Cabinet Office: 8 November 2012

This Procurement Policy Note sets out how to take account of bidders’ past performance during a procurement, with detailed steps for implementing the PPN and templates to use as part of procurement documentation.


Government Digital Strategy

The Cabinet Office: November 2012

The Cabinet Office has launched its Digital Strategy and Digital Efficiency reports as it seeks to shift more public services online in order to reduce costs.


Planning into uncertainty: Four futures for local government

November 2012

By Jonathan Flowers

This report talks about scenario planning as a well-established methodology, and how it can be used effectively in local government, private and third sector delivery models. The report illustrates four futures for local government which act as ‘what if?’ scenarios, designed to provoke consideration.


The Future of Corrections: Exploring the use of electronic monitoring

Policy Exchange: 24 September 2012

By Rory Geoghegan and Chris Miller

Future of Corrections shows that the current system of tagging is in desperate need of reform. A more effective use of tagging, where police and probation officers are directly involved in keeping track of offenders and recommending to prison governors and the courts which criminals should be tagged, could save hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayer money and help the Coalition achieve its goal of stabilising the prison population by 2015.

ISBN 978-1-907689-27-7

Economics Paper 18: Industrial Strategy - UK Sector Analysis

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: September 2012

This document explains the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ sector-specific plans for encouraging growth in the UK economy. This includes highlighting business services as a key growth area.


Open Access: Delivering Quality and Value in our Public Services

CBI and Oxford Economics: September 2012

In this report, the CBI set out the state of public service markets in the UK and make the case for increased partnerships between the public and private sectors for the delivery of services.


Catalyst Councils: A new future for local public service delivery

Localis and Capita Symonds: September 2012

By Daniel Crowe

Localis, in partnership with Capita Symonds (part of Capita plc), has published a major report that predicts that the local government sector will face irrevocable change and that instead of the ‘traditional’ council that does everything itself, a more diverse approach will see councils working with a patchwork of organisations from across the public, private and voluntary sectors to deliver the local services that communities rely on.


Choice and competition in public services: learning from history

Institute for Government: 31 August 2012

By Tom Gash, Theo Roos

This publication is based on sessions reviewing attempts to create markets in public services in four key areas – welfare-to-work, social care, health care and local government. It seeks to draw out high level lessons that those currently operating public service markets, or seeking to extend them, should consider.

It is important to reflect and learn from past experience – indeed helping government to do that is a core part of the Institute for Government’s role.

This study therefore forms part of the Institute’s broader work on, for example, political transitions, policy successes and recent work with the King’s Fund on the lessons of the coalition’s legislative process to reform the NHS.