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  1. August 22, 2014

    Prisons at breaking point, say justice campaigners

    When inspectors made a surprise visit to an east London prison this year, they found inmates under the grip of an “emergency...

  2. August 20, 2014

    Balfour’s next move will be to revalue public-private contracts

    With Carillion’s bid for its rival dead in the water, Balfour Beatty can now concentrate on its public-private portfolio....

  1. August 19, 2014

    The glitches in government IT contracts

    The £224m compensation awarded to US defence contractor Raytheon this week has underscored continuing concerns over the...

  2. August 19, 2014

    Raytheon’s timeline of problems with UK border control

    2003: UK prime minister Tony Blair launches the eBorders programme, promising that the database of foreign travellers...

  3. August 18, 2014

    UK ordered to pay Raytheon £224m over eBorders contract

    The UK government has been ordered to pay £224m to US defence contractor Raytheon for unlawfully terminating a £750m...

  4. August 17, 2014

    Councils privatise their legal departments

    A growing number of councils across the UK are trying to privatise their legal departments as they seek to bolster their...

  5. August 15, 2014

    Lib Dems plan freedom of information rules for private companies

    Water companies, the “Big Six” energy suppliers and housing associations would be forced to open their books to the public...

  6. August 12, 2014

    Serco on ‘long journey’ to recovery

    It is rare for the chief executive of a multinational company to so readily acknowledge the impact of corporate failure on...

  7. August 8, 2014

    NHS trust delays bidding to run indebted hospital

    A plan that would have taken the NHS into uncharted territory by inviting external bids to run a deficit-ridden hospital has...

  8. July 25, 2014

    Charities warn over outsourcing of UK children’s services

    “Price-driven competition” in children’s services is eroding resources for vulnerable young people, a coalition of leading...

  9. July 23, 2014

    Capita profits surge bolstered by UK government outsourcing

    Capita reported a 16 per cent surge in interim pre-tax profits to £238m bolstered by a deal to run partly privatised...

  10. July 22, 2014

    Thousands more public jobs to be spun off in drive to shrink the state

    Ministers are pressing ahead with plans to shift thousands more public sector workers in health, central government and...

  11. July 18, 2014

    G4S loses detention cell contract in Wales

    G4S, the private security company, has lost a contract to run detention cells in Wales, in a blow to a sector that had been...

  12. July 10, 2014

    NHS ‘facing pre-election funding crisis’, warns think-tank

    The NHS is “increasingly poorly placed to manage the impact of austerity” and faces a pre-election funding crisis, a...

  13. July 6, 2014

    UK outsourcing spend doubles to £88bn under coalition

    The amount spent on outsourcing services in the UK has doubled to £88bn since the coalition government came to power in...

  14. July 3, 2014

    Serco warns of writedowns on some contracts

    Serco has warned that writedowns on the value of some major contracts might affect full-year results as new chief executive...

  15. June 29, 2014

    MoJ staff expected to strike

    Civil servants at the Ministry of Justice are expected to strike on Monday after being told they will transfer to the French...

  16. June 29, 2014

    Bids for £800m privatisation of probation service due on Monday

    Private companies are finalising bids for £800m a year in contracts to run UK probation services, one of the government’s...

  17. June 25, 2014

    Whitehall outsourcing rises 23% while expenditure falls

    Outsourcing companies have seen UK government spending on their services rise 23 per cent to £2.3bn over the past two years,...

  18. June 23, 2014

    Labour to take on outsourcing companies if it wins election

    Labour will mount an assault on big outsourcing companies if it wins the election, reducing their role in delivering the...

  19. June 20, 2014

    Spire dreaming of £1bn flotation after Cinven ends sale talks

    Britain’s second-largest chain of private hospitals is finalising plans for a £1bn stock market flotation, as it seeks to...

  20. June 19, 2014

    Ministers blast ‘shambolic’ IT overhaul

    A Whitehall initiative to loosen the hold of big business on government contracts has come under fire from cabinet...

  21. June 15, 2014

    Watchdog voices fears of privatisation risk to ethical standards

    The growth in private companies and voluntary groups providing public services poses “a live risk to ethical standards”,...

  22. June 12, 2014

    Lord Browne urges Whitehall to weigh project risks

    Whitehall departments need to carry out rigorous, private sector-style assessments before taking on potentially risky...

  23. June 11, 2014

    Quindell rejected for main market listing

    Quindell’s attempts to gain a premium listing have been turned down by the main stock market regulators after it failed to...

  24. June 9, 2014

    Government contract bidders respond to tax outcry, survey finds

    No businesses have been excluded from bidding for central government contracts in the wake of new rules requiring them to...

  25. May 25, 2014

    1 in 5 suppliers fail to respond to ministers’ tax questions

    About one in five leading public sector suppliers have failed to respond to a government request for information about their...

  26. May 20, 2014

    G4S loses third UK chief executive in less than two years

    G4S, the world’s biggest security services group, has parted company with its third UK chief executive in less than two...

  27. May 19, 2014

    Mitie wins contract to run UK immigration centres

    Mitie, the FTSE 250 outsourcer, further increased its market share in British government services with a £180m, eight-year...

  28. May 18, 2014

    Outsourcers win high-value deals

    The largest UK government contract awarded so far this year went to Serco, even though the outsourcer is still under...

  29. May 15, 2014

    Welfare-to-work groups seek scale before next round of contracts

    Private sector suppliers of the government’s £5bn welfare-to-work programme are braced for a wave of consolidation as they...

  30. May 12, 2014

    Russian oligarchs’ legal tussle touches Capita

    Capita, the outsourcing provider, has been drawn into a legal battle between two exiled Russian tycoons over the fate of a...

  31. May 1, 2014

    Serco chief finds ‘reasons to be cheerful’

    Seeking an inspirational figure on his first day as Serco’s chief executive, Rupert Soames invokes not his grandfather, the...

  32. May 1, 2014

    Serco shares fall 5% after rights issue announcement

    Shares in Serco, the outsourcing company that runs prisons and air traffic control towers, fell 5 per cent in morning...

  33. April 30, 2014

    Serco seeks to raise £170m as profits drop

    Serco, the outsourcing company that runs prisons and air traffic control towers, is to ask shareholders to pump in £170m in...

  34. April 29, 2014

    Serco falls 19% on profits warning and possible capital raise

    Shares in Serco tumbled 19 per cent after the troubled outsourcing company issued a rushed profits warning late on Monday...

  35. April 28, 2014

    G4S back in favour at Whitehall

    G4S, the company at the centre of the electronic tagging fiasco, has won a key role implementing the government’s...

  36. April 24, 2014

    ‘Risky’ contract for housing asylum seekers attacked by MPs

    Attempts to save £140m on the cost of housing asylum seekers by outsourcing the service to G4S and Serco were risky, poorly...

  37. April 21, 2014

    Airlines turn to outsourcing to keep lid on costs

    Hand in your passport at the airport check-in desk and chances are the staff are not employed by the airline – despite the...

  38. April 9, 2014

    G4S pays back £110m as UK government ban is lifted

    G4S, the global security company, has been given the all clear to win fresh UK government work after being barred following...

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