MPs ask buyers for outsourcing advice

12 August 2011

 

 

 

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14 August 2011 | Angeline Albert

Purchasers have just over a week remaining to submit their views on how the public sector can improve its outsourcing and shared services operations to increase efficiency to MPs.

Purchasers have just over a week remaining to submit their views on how the public sector can improve its outsourcing and shared services operations to increase efficiency to MPs.

The All Party Outsourcing and Shared Services group has requested evidence and case studies from buyers and suppliers on the topic which will inform the recommendations for improvement it makes to the UK government. The group’s first meeting will be held on 23 August.

The aim is to examine projects that have worked and made savings, and from them find common themes that can contribute to a best practice guide for procurement professionals and civil servants. It also will look at projects that didn’t go well, and the lessons from these.

A statement from the National Outsourcing Association, the trade association providing a point of contact for the group, said: “The group believes that a deeper look into the potential of outsourcing and shared services to help deliver savings across the public sector would be welcomed by the coalition.”

The group will be chaired by the Conservative MP Bob Blackman. Those interested in contributing can submit ideas or examples by 10 a.m. on 22 August to admin@noa.co.uk.

Earlier this month the Cabinet Office launched its Government Shared Services strategy, which described the current landscape as complex. “In many cases services are joined up rather than truly shared, lines between providers and customers are blurred; there is scope to improve,” it said. 

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