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Rethinking public-private partnerships

In an op-ed for Public Sector Executive, Trinley Walker, a senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Network (NLGN), looks at the role of ‘public-private partnerships.’ “Carillion’s demise was spectacular. A rapacious business model that hoovered-up new contracts while running on wafer-thin margins was bound to come unstuck. Criticism of the company, its approach, and government’s lack of oversight of the looming crisis is entirely justified. But to what extent are the ramifications of the Carillion debacle filtering down to the local level and influencing procurement decisions across local authorities? This question was part of the NLGN’s recent report, ‘From Transactions to Changemaking: rethinking partnerships between the public and private sectors,’ which set out a blueprint for a new way of working between the public and private sectors.”

Source: www.publicsectorexecutive.com

IMF Critical of UK Privatisation?

A new IMF study concludes that Britain’s underlying public finances are among the worst in the world, thanks to the cost of bailing out the banks after the financial crisis and because “the UK has done more to sell off public assets and consequently reduce the possible income from assets that could offset demands on the public purse” says The Guardian.

Source: The Independent

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From Transactions to Changemaking: Rethinking Partnerships between the Public and Private Sectors

This report published by the New Local Government Network (NLGN) is a new voice to the debate on the role of the private sector in the delivery of public services. While the current debate remains unhelpfully polarised along party lines, we argue that partnerships between the public and private sectors must fundamentally change – from an approach that is primarily transactional in nature, to one that is changemaking.


Double standards: How the UK promotes rip-off health PPPs abroad

This report concerns Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in healthcare, known in the UK as the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). It exposes how such PPPs have been an expensive failure in the UK, attracting criticism from government ministers, and yet those same ministers run departments which promote PPPs, including in health, around the world.