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    1. December 11, 2014

      Emergency call transfer to 4G raises concern in UK

      The UK is pushing ahead with an experiment to move emergency service communications on to mobile phone networks in 2016 even...

    2. December 10, 2014

      Third of NHS contracts go to private sector

      Private sector groups have won a third of the contracts to provide NHS clinical services awarded in England since the...

    1. December 10, 2014

      G4S and Serco won Whitehall work despite being ‘on probation’

      Five government departments awarded G4S and Serco fresh work during a period in which Whitehall “gave the impression” that...

    2. December 8, 2014

      Tougher US-style probation clamp called for in UK

      Criminals who break the terms of their probation while serving community orders could be sent to jail for up to a week under...

    3. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement: Osborne targets £15bn Whitehall savings

      Whitehall departments will have to find billions more in efficiency savings in the next parliament, George Osborne said on...

    4. November 30, 2014

      Falling Serco share price unsettles investors

      Unsettled investors are warning Serco’s new chief executive Rupert Soames that he will struggle to raise cash for a planned...

    5. November 19, 2014

      British outsourcing groups dominate public sector contracts

      British outsourcing companies have strengthened their grip on public sector contracts over the past decade despite...

    6. November 17, 2014

      Serco chairman takes blame for crises and resigns

      Serco’s chairman has resigned from the outsourcing group after taking responsibility for the “strategic and operational...

    7. November 12, 2014

      G4S pulls out of Guantánamo Bay navy base with sale of US division

      G4S, the world’s biggest security company, is to withdraw from the controversial Guantánamo Bay Naval Base after agreeing a...

    8. November 10, 2014

      Serco plans £550m rights issue after profit warning

      Serco admitted to a “dark hour” after identifying an expected £1.5bn in writedowns on key contracts, forcing it to issue its...

    9. November 4, 2014

      Outsourcers strive to rebuild reputations after scandals

      The gleaming new Fiona Stanley hospital in Perth, Western Australia, is a state of the art facility, with 783 beds,...

    10. October 29, 2014

      UK announces winners of privatised probation services contracts

      Two big UK outsourcing companies have won more than half the contracts to run probation services in England and Wales, the...

    11. September 10, 2014

      UK government urged to fix ‘broken’ public service markets

      Half of voters feel that no one takes responsibility when outsourced public services go wrong, according to a leading...

    12. September 5, 2014

      Former Serco boss Jeremy Stafford takes helm at John Menzies

      Jeremy Stafford, the former UK boss of outsourcing company Serco who quit last year after several contract failures, has...

    13. 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...

    14. 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....

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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,...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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”,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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