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The creation of Ofcom: wider lessons for public sector mergers of regulatory agencies

“Creating new organisations from mergers is fraught with difficulty and costs. The early evidence is that Ofcom’s creation has been successful.

“However, success in carrying out mergers is certainly not guaranteed. Given the large number of proposed mergers in the public sector, it is important that Government develops its expertise in managing mergers and its understanding of their costs and benefits.”

Published:
5 Jul 2006
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Improving the efficiency of postal services procurement in the public sector

“Although much work has already been done to reduce costs, there is much still to do if public bodies are to be smarter customers, both of Royal Mail and of the new entrants in the liberalised market. There is scope for significant savings by taking some relatively straight-forward measures, and there is no reason why the public sector cannot achieve the £31 million annual savings identified in the report, representing five per cent of their total mail costs, and aspire to cost levels closer to those enjoyed by the best of the private sector.”

Published:
24 Mar 2006
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Procurement in the Culture, Media and Sport sector

“Procurement is an area where the Culture, Media and Sport sector can achieve significant savings and improvements. Whilst the sector has made some progress in improving its procurement capabilities and practices, a great deal more can be done. A greater level of commitment from organisations to adopting good practice, as well as addressing specific issues such as greater collaboration between organisations when buying common goods and services, will result in greater value for money.”

Published:
30 Nov 2005
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Working with the Third Sector

“Community and voluntary organisations play a vital role in delivering public services. When engaging with the third sector, departments need to be clear as to whether they are “shopping” (buying a service), “giving” (supporting a worthy cause) or “investing” (building capacity in the sector) and adapt their approach to funding accordingly. Developing shared centres of expertise across departments would enhance effectiveness in working with the third sector through, for example, application of specialist procurement skills. They would also assist in streamlining monitoring processes and building relationships based on trust and professionalism thereby securing the full contribution which the third sector can make.”

Published:
29 Jun 2005
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Securing strategic leadership for the learning and skills sector in England

“The learning and skills sector is complex. Getting effective and efficient frameworks in place to support strategic planning and provide reasonable assurance is very challenging. The key has to be getting the governance right at local level, and college governors – most of whom are unpaid volunteers – need to be well supported, including by key influential organisations such as the Learning and Skills Council. There also needs to be some serious thinking about the future of performance improvement and review. In the longer term, some form of robust peer review of colleges might prove the best way of guaranteeing that they provide and sustain appropriate, high quality learning.”

Published:
18 May 2005
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Department for International Development: Maximising Impact in the Water Sector

“The achievement of the targets to improve access to water and sanitation remains a huge task. It is clearly important that DFID makes an effective contribution to addressing global water needs. At the international, national and local levels, DFID can point to success in its work in the water sector and new initiatives to improve its performance. The aim of my report is to assist the Department in make sure that its assistance has a great and lasting impact.”

Published:
31 Jan 2003
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Delivering the Commercialisation of Public Sector Science

“I have said on many occasions that I support worthwhile and well thought through innovation and risk taking in the public sector. Successful commercial projects building on the excellence of our scientific research offer the prospect of valuable benefits for the country. A real commitment to success and a thorough approach to managing the risks involved in these projects is vita.”

Published:
8 Feb 2002