Publications

Publications available to buy from the European Services Strategy Unit.

Most of the publications listed here can be downloaded in Word or pdf format. Others can be purchased from the European Services Strategy Unit.

The Latest Three Publications

London Fire Brigade’s Protective Equipment Group retained in-house

The Protective Equipment Group (PEG) provides specialist equipment, expertise and services ranging from respiratory and chemical protection to high line and water rescue. It employs 35 staff and operates 24/7/365 for emergency services. The service was included in the retendering of the fleet maintenance contract (a 21 year contract awarded to Babcock International), but the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority decided to retain the PEG service in-house following a report by ESSU for UNISON LFEPA and an officer cost assessment report.

2014-04-02 13:23:30
UK outsourcing expands despite high contract failure rates

An article on False Economy explains why PPP strategic partnerships remain untouched by the government’s procurement reforms. It sets out the four key reasons for the high failure rate of strategic partnerships. http://falseeconomy.org.uk/blog/uk-outsourcing-expands-despite-high-failure-ra tes

2014-01-30 18:25:19
UK outsourcing expands despite high failure rates – PPP Strategic Partnerships Database 2012-2013, Dexter Whitfield

The number of PPP strategic partnerships has increased 35% in just two years with 18 additional contracts valued at £8bn. 60 contracts are currently operating, four were terminated and one completed the contract term, but was not renewed. A further two are being terminated in 2014. Strategic partnerships originated in ICT and corporate services, but have extended into planning, education, police, fire and rescue and property services. The failure rate is very high – nearly 1 in 4 contracts are either terminated, reduce scope as services are brought back in-house, and/or suffer major financial and operational problems. Savings, new business and new jobs targets continue to be illusive.

2014-01-27 08:59:41

Publication Categories

Following is a listing of all the categories of publications from the European Services Strategy Unit.

ESSU Research Reports
Research reports from the European Services Strategy Unit.
2006-11-19 09:46:08
ESSU Reports and Briefings
Reports and books published by ESSU
2004-03-22 21:04:19
ESSU Reports for public bodies, trade unions and community organisations
Reports researched and written by ESSU for public bodies, trade unions and community organisations.
2003-12-05 11:18:07
Books and articles by Dexter Whitfield
Books and articles by Dexter Whitfield published externally.
2006-11-19 09:42:37
Public Service Practice
A series of best practice reports on key aspects of public management.
2003-12-05 11:15:07
Public Sector Research
Public Sector Research Online provides detailed guidance on how to research and investigate public policy, public services, the economy, government, companies, consultants, trusts, organisations and individuals.
2008-02-10 16:27:13
Archive of key Centre for Public Services and SCAT reports
Important documents on a range of public policy issues produced between 1973 and late 1990s.
2012-07-18 12:29:15

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