The Government has acted on contract transparency, placing a new transparency clause within the updated Model Services Contract – the blueprint used throughout government for major contracts with public sector buyers. This follows the Government’s commitment in March 2015 to trial and adopt the transparency provisions developed by the Institute. Jo Casebourne explains.
Earlier this month, Environment Secretary Liz Truss told an audience at the Institute for Government about her plans to reform and modernise the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Gavin Freeguard and Oliver Ilott look at two of her key themes – working with arm’s-length bodies and #opendefra – in charts.
Yesterday, the Whitehall Monitor team launched their 2015 Annual Report: ‘The Coalition in 163 charts’. Gavin Freeguard presented a selection of these charts to tell four stories about what happened in government over the last Parliament, and the challenges faced by Whitehall departments after the imminent Spending Review is published. Emily Andrews summarises.
The Cabinet Office appears to be failing to meet its commitments to boost transparency around public sector contracts, despite saying six months ago that it had given the green light to trialling and adopting a new standard transparency clause for government contracts. Chris Wajzer explains.
Yesterday’s launch of the Open Contracting Data Standard marked a significant step in enabling governments to be more transparent about their contracting arrangements of public services. Last week the Institute for Government, in collaboration with the CBI, looked at practical ways to change transparency in contracting from a ‘nice to have’ to the new default.
A new report examines the £8.9bn spent by central and local government on 20 top suppliers. It sheds much light on the relationships – but greater transparency is needed to ensure the information is accurate and the money is used effectively
Today, representatives of four of the biggest public sector contractors – Serco, Capita, G4S and Atos – will face the Public Accounts Committee on ‘The delivery of public services by private contractors’.