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1st August 2018 Amazon Attacks Public Sector Procurement Marketplace
Amazon has signed a procurement contract to deliver cost savings to the public sector in the UK. Amazon will supply many different largely mundane items that could add up to around a half a billion pound contract. New public sector clients will range from Yorkshire schools and emergency services. It is hoped that the contract will save public sector organisations in Yorkshire a lot of money.
Amazons dedicated website will deliver the service over a five year deal with Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation YPO a procurement body owned by local authorities which helps to drive the cost of goods down by agreeing mass deals with suppliers.
Amazons first deal with the public sector in UK is its first but Amazon has similar deals in USA.
The end user can sometimes feel frustrated by such big contract deals so it will be interesting to see how this works in the UK over the next few years.
24th July 2018 Public Sector Workers Biggest Pay Rise in Nearly 10 Years
The 1 percent public sector pay cap has been scrapped in England and Wales. The cost of scrapping the cap is estimated at 4bn pounds.
Public sector unions have been arguing for pay rises closer to 5 percent.
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17th January 2017 Ridiculous Risk Management Culture Or Individual Judgement Failure?
From time to time we hear reports of ridiculous overzealous risk management control. For example, it was reported today in the Even Standard that a pensioner was fined 80 pounds by Ealing Council for pouring a cup of coffee down a drain. She allegedly disposed of the coffee down a drain in Ealing shopping centre because she didn’t want to fill the public bin with liquid. Two enforcement officers gave her an on the spot fine. Ealing Council investigated the case and decided to drop the fine saying that their priority is to make sure that the borough is clean and litter free and we apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused.
What was the environmental cost of pouring coffee down the drain instead of soaking the bin with coffee? What was the reputational cost to the council for ridiculous fine? What was the financial cost to the council?
Do public sector get the right risk management balance? There are no ridiculous safety legislation in the UK. There is ridiculously interpretation of safety legislation. Who is at fault for the ridiculous interpretation? Is it the senior managers creating the wrong imbalanced risk management culture or is it simply individual errors of interpretation or implementation of organisation policy?
15th December Social Care Funding Changes
Local authorities have complained about the cuts to their funding. There is a recognition across the political partys in the UK that social care is in crisis that is set to get worse.
English local authorities will be allowed to increase council tax to help fund social care. The social care precept on council tax bills will go up thus increasing total council tax per annum.
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