Service Delivery An unrivalled media platform dedicated to delivering the latest news and views from across all fields of government through an on-going programme of events and interactive online communications http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery Sat, 09 Jun 2012 09:50:49 +0000 Joomla! 1.7 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Shared services set to increase in local public sector despite well-documented failures says Socitm http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/11384-shared-services-set-to-increase-in-local-public-sector-despite-well-documented-failures-says-socitm http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/11384-shared-services-set-to-increase-in-local-public-sector-despite-well-documented-failures-says-socitm Sharing of services, including ICT and other functions, is becoming a necessity for local public services and under current financial pressures, is likely to grow rather than fade away, says Shared services time for a re-think? the latest briefing from Socitm Insight

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Thu, 07 Jun 2012 08:40:12 +0000
BIS welcome NAO report http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/11125-bis-welcome-nao-report http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/11125-bis-welcome-nao-report Responding to today’s publication of the National Audit Office’s (NAO) report on the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable said..

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Fri, 11 May 2012 07:32:58 +0000
NAO say regional growth fund is working http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/11124-nao-say-regional-growth-fund-is-working http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/11124-nao-say-regional-growth-fund-is-working The National Audit Office has today published a report on the government fund to support private sector jobs and growth in places that rely on the public sector. The report finds that the initial £1.4 billion investment in the Regional Growth Fund could result in some 41,000 more full-time-equivalent private sector jobs in the economy than without the Fund.

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Fri, 11 May 2012 07:30:30 +0000
Procurement should be less bureaucratic http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/11066-procurement-should-be-less-bureaucratic http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/11066-procurement-should-be-less-bureaucratic Local authorities should pledge to make procurement processes less bureaucratic, hold market days with suppliers and work with industry associations to open up SME access through procurement reforms

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Fri, 04 May 2012 09:50:22 +0000
Tory Councils cut Libraries more - Twigg http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/11005-tory-councils-cut-libraries-more-twigg http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/11005-tory-councils-cut-libraries-more-twigg 8 out of top 10 councils for library cuts are Conservative run. Conservative Councils cut twice as much as Labour councils

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:52:08 +0000
£70 billion of potential government business published to boost UK growth http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10972-70-billion-of-potential-government-business-published-to-boost-uk-growth http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10972-70-billion-of-potential-government-business-published-to-boost-uk-growth The Government’s long term plan to reform the way the public sector does business ramped up today as new and updated data on £70 billion of potential future government contracts was published by Cabinet ministers Francis Maude and Vince Cable

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:43:18 +0000
Marches LEP launches fund http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10869-marches-lep-launches-fund http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10869-marches-lep-launches-fund An £8.1 million fund to boost investment in projects which will create homes and jobs in the Marches is being launched today (WED) by the region's Local Enterprise Partnership

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:54:09 +0000
Audit Commission announces details of £50 million annual savings for public bodies http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10782-audit-commission-announces-details-of-50-million-annual-savings-for-public-bodies http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10782-audit-commission-announces-details-of-50-million-annual-savings-for-public-bodies The Audit Commission has today announced the reduced scale audit fees it will charge individual councils, health and other public bodies for five years from 2012/13

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Wed, 11 Apr 2012 09:02:04 +0000
Chancellor’s Budget cap on giving threatens charities and Big Society’, says CSJ http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10739-chancellors-budget-cap-on-giving-threatens-charities-and-big-society-says-csj http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10739-chancellors-budget-cap-on-giving-threatens-charities-and-big-society-says-csj The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has urged the Chancellor to rethink Government plans to cap tax relief on charitable donations in an open letter sent to the Treasury

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:45:02 +0000
Launch of Big Society Capital – the world’s first ever social investment market builder http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10732-launch-of-big-society-capital-the-worlds-first-ever-social-investment-market-builder http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10732-launch-of-big-society-capital-the-worlds-first-ever-social-investment-market-builder Big Society Capital – a groundbreaking £600 million institution – will be launched by the Prime Minister today. Its mission is to grow a new market – social investment – and so make it easier for charities, social enterprises and community groups to access affordable finance

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Wed, 04 Apr 2012 08:40:23 +0000
Audit Commission will reduce audit fees by 40 per cent http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10344-audit-commission-will-reduce-audit-fees-by-40-per-cent http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10344-audit-commission-will-reduce-audit-fees-by-40-per-cent Today the Audit Commission announced the proposed award of five-year audit contracts to four private firms starting from 2012/13 - contracts that will contribute to an up to 40 per cent cut in the audit fees paid by local public bodies

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:33:58 +0000
£250 million savings for local public bodies expected from Audit Commission outsourcing http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10343-p250-million-savings-for-local-public-bodies-expected-from-audit-commission-outsourcing http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10343-p250-million-savings-for-local-public-bodies-expected-from-audit-commission-outsourcing Local Government Minister Grant Shapps has welcomed today's announcement by the Audit Commission that hard-pressed councils and other local bodies should see big fee reductions following the successful outsourcing of the Commission's centralised audit practice

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:29:36 +0000
Myths over preference for supermarkets busted as residents favour local shops http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10324-myths-over-preference-for-supermarkets-busted-as-residents-favour-local-shops http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10324-myths-over-preference-for-supermarkets-busted-as-residents-favour-local-shops Myths that supermarket chains have a greater role to play on high streets than diverse local shops have today been exposed by a new opinion poll

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Fri, 02 Mar 2012 11:10:54 +0000
DIO announces shortlisted bidders for national construction http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10270-dio-announces-shortlisted-bidders-for-national-construction http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10270-dio-announces-shortlisted-bidders-for-national-construction Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has announced a shortlist of 10 bidders for its future commercial arrangements for the delivery of large-scale construction projects across the UK Defence estate

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:35:35 +0000
The majority looking to freeze or reduce council tax http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10246-the-majority-looking-to-freeze-or-reduce-council-tax http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10246-the-majority-looking-to-freeze-or-reduce-council-tax Residents and hard pressed families will be relieved that the majority of councils are intending to make their cost of living a little easier by taking up the Government's council tax freeze offer, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said today

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:51:48 +0000
Purchasing power to the people http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10168-purchasing-power-to-the-people http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10168-purchasing-power-to-the-people Co-operatives UK and BIS have joined forces to launch the Buy Better Together Challenge, an exciting initiative to help inspire new models of community buying, stimulate enterprise and promote shared learning

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:49:19 +0000
Assembly condemns secrecy surrounding 2012 tickets http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10089-assembly-condemns-secrecy-surrounding-2012-tickets http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10089-assembly-condemns-secrecy-surrounding-2012-tickets Unnecessary secrecy risks jeopardising public confidence in the ticketing arrangements for the 2012 Games, a new report from the London Assembly warns today

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:29:19 +0000
Mayor urges Londoners to try a sport for free http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10031-mayor-urges-londoners-to-try-a-sport-for-free http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/10031-mayor-urges-londoners-to-try-a-sport-for-free The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has teamed up with adidas to urge Londoners to check out the wide range of free sporting activities that are available across the capital

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:29:33 +0000
LINK and Citizens Advice to investigate access to cash http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/9945-link-and-citizens-advice-to-investigate-access-to-cash http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/9945-link-and-citizens-advice-to-investigate-access-to-cash LINK, the UK cash machine network, Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland have launched a new research project on access to cash

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Fri, 03 Feb 2012 10:56:02 +0000
£1billion cash boost for pro-growth communities http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/9914-p1billion-cash-boost-for-pro-growth-communities http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/service-delivery/9914-p1billion-cash-boost-for-pro-growth-communities Communities with ambitions for economic growth have today been rewarded with a cash boost of nearly £1billion to get their projects off the ground and improve their local areas

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Wed, 01 Feb 2012 14:56:31 +0000