• Posts Tagged ‘United Kingdom’

    Prison costs reach $21m before start

    by  • September 13, 2011 • News, The NZ Herald • 0 Comments

    The Government will spend $11 million on consultants and $10 million on internal costs before they start building a new prison in Auckland. Department of Corrections documents released under the Official Information Act show it is already employing 18 companies, including accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and British lawyers Allen & Overy, to help oversee the...

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    A very civil servant

    by  • August 11, 2010 • Features, The Guardian • 0 Comments

    A belief that there shouldn’t be profit in public service has led one former council chief executive to pledge a £100,000 redundancy payout back to the public, but it’s also a break with the past, he says. Jim McKenna is not, he insists, a saint. He is, in his own words, an “ordinary” guy...

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    How councils could save billions

    by  • July 26, 2010 • News, The Guardian • 0 Comments

    New research shows councils could save billions on procurement. The hard part is turning those potential savings into reality. Local councils could save themselves £2.2bn a year by driving a better deal on the goods and services they buy from private companies, according to new research. The data, compiled by procurement company Spikes Cavell...

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    Public bodies that change family fortunes

    by  • June 7, 2010 • Features, The Guardian • 0 Comments

    A pioneering project in north London shows the value of getting public agencies to work together. But having one person ‘go into bat’ for vulnerable families is just as important. Angela, a cute one-year-old with tight pigtails, plays placidly amongst the scattered toys in the Packington Estate’s children’s centre in north London. A year...

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