Following the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s recent hearing into the collapse of Carillion, Phil Bentley (pictured, CEO of Mitie plc) has expounded a clear reminder that not all outsourcers are the same, and that private sector contractors “provide a valuable and important role” in the provision of public sector services.
During the Committee hearing, Bentley highlighted six key lessons learned from the collapse of Carillion. The key recommendations he has made to improve public sector outsourcing, generate better value for the taxpayer and promote innovation and the use of technology across the outsourcing sector include a greater role for the Crown Commercial Service, a new Code of Conduct for the industry and the need to consider value, not just cost, when it comes to public sector procurement.
Bentley’s six recommendations are as follows:
(1) There’s an important and valuable role for private sector outsourcing in the provision of public sector services
(2) Not all outsourcers are the same
(3) Data is critical… Contract ‘equalisation’ is detrimental
(4) Beware the legal challenge
(5) ‘Fairer’ contracting is welcome
(6) Build a ‘Win-Win’ culture