News and Events from the Centre for Public Services from 2007.

Cost Overruns, delays and terminations in 105 outsourced public sector ICT contracts
The Research Report identifies the scope of major cost overruns, delays and terminations in 105 outsourced public sector ICT projects in central government, NHS, local authorities, public bodies and agencies in the last decade. There has been wide reporting of individual and department or authority-wide project failures in the national and ICT press but little analysis of the overall scope and evidence. The value of contacts is nearly £30billion with an average cost overrun of 30.5%.
2007-12-12 13:39:47
Outsourcing of Meals at Home stopped in Newcastle
ESSU has worked with Newcastle City UNISON with a report and presentation to Members and senior officers detailing the case against the outsourcing of meals at home, resource and day centres.
2007-12-06 09:44:27
Future of ALMOs
ESSU has completed a study for Newcastle Tenants Federation which examines the options for the future of the Arms Length Management Organisation of the housing service.
2007-12-01 14:46:22
Associate Professor
Dexter Whitfield, Director of the European Services Strategy Unit, has been appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at the Australian Institute for Social Research, University of Adelaide, Australia.
2007-12-01 14:43:56
Southwest One SSP and Shared Services Project
Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane District Council UNISON branches have commissioned ESSU to prepare a report to draw out the lessons of the £400m contract awarded to IBM and Mouchel Parkman with an unprecedented level of secrecy and ‘commercial confidentiality’.
2007-12-01 14:40:27
Somerset ISiS or Crisis? An Assessment of the proposed Strategic Service-delivery Partnership with IBM
The report raises major questions about the way the ISiS project has been managed; the absence of any form of public impact assessment of the project; and the adequacy of the proposed retained client structure and governance arrangements. It was commissioned by Somerset County and Taunton Deane DC UNISON branches.
2007-08-23 13:48:58
Financing Infrastructure in the 21st Century: The Long Term Impact of Public Private Partnerships in Britain and Australia by Dexter Whitfield
A detailed study of the longer-term impact of changes in the design, structure and financing of PPP/PFI projects, external economic and political drivers such as growth of the secondary market and government modernisation policies, and the effect of economic, social and employment change. The report also examines PPP/PFI performance, democratic accountability and transparency, the impact on jobs and concludes with an assessment of alternative public sector investment strategies.
2007-07-16 13:20:02
Appraisal of Unitary Options in Bedfordshire
The report assesses the two unitary options for Bedfordshire – a unitary county and two unitary councils consisting of Bedford and Central Bedfordshire (combining Mid and South Bedfordshire District Councils). It is critical of all of the proposals and finds serious flaws in the Government’s option appraisal process, particularly the absence of an enhanced two-tier developmental option and the narrow assessment criteria. Commissioned by 4 UNISON branches in Bedfordshire and submitted to DCLG.
2007-06-29 11:24:03
Shared Services in Britain
The European Services Strategy Unit has published a new study ‘Shared Services in Britain’ commissioned by the Australian Institute for Social Research and the Public Service Association. This comprehensive report examines various models and examples of public sector shared services, costs and benefits, employment impacts, governance and transparency and the long-term implications of shared services in the government’s transformation agenda for public services.
2007-06-07 15:12:13
ESSU Research Report No 2: Options Appraisal Criteria Matrix by Dexter Whitfield
This ESSU Research Report focuses on appraisal criteria, which are a fundamental part of the options appraisal process. It outlines out the key stages in the appraisal process.
2007-06-03 10:47:42
Shared Services Strategic Framework
A strategic approach to developing shared services projects based on a progressive approach, principles for shared services, a public sector shared services strategy, democratic governance and accountability, an evidence-based methodology, quality jobs and comprehensive appraisal criteria and impact assessment. (May 2007)
2007-05-27 15:16:04
Unitary Structures Research
Unitary Structures Research
2007-05-22 13:51:36
Does Excelcare really?
An investigation into the transfer of 10 residential care homes by Essex County Council to Excelcare Holdings PLC.
2007-05-11 16:43:57
Government abandons plans to outsource and offshore NHS Prescription Pricing Division
The Department of Health has rejected a KPMG options appraisal in favour of a ESSU appraisal prepared for UNISON Northern, thus saving 2,500 jobs.
2007-04-26 13:54:09
Social and Economic Audit: Oldham Strategic Service Delivery Partnership
Assesses Oldham's planned Strategic Service Delivery Partnership and shows that the project falls well short of the targets and claims made for community cohesion, regeneration and job creation.
2007-01-24 16:39:45
40,000 documents downloaded from ESSU web site in 2006
In 2006 visitors to the ESSU web site examined 137,791 pages and downloaded 35,332 .pdf files and 4,380 .doc files, a total of 8.652 gigabites.
2007-01-04 16:20:08


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