Jim Cuthbert: Scottish Futures Trust - time to disrupt some comfort zones
Jim Cuthbert, former civil servant and statistician, argues that a confluence of interests has created a comfort zone whereby the Scottish Government’s infrastructure quango, Scottish Futures Trust, is not accountable for its performance
THE Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is recognised as a major initiative of the Scottish Government, and is responsible for delivering much of Scotland’s public infrastructure through mechanisms like its hub and Non Profit Distributing programmes.
'Total failure of a political ideology': SNP MP blasts outsourcing industry at #SNP18 fringe
Stephens, who sat on the UK Parliamentary Carillion Inquiry, also called for the break-up of the ‘big four’ auditors
GLASGOW SOUTH WEST SNP MP Chris Stephens told a fringe event at SNP annual conference that the outsourcing industry should disappear altogether, arguing that he has “never seen anything that was outsourced that’s led to a better service”.
The fringe event, hosted by the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, on Monday [9 October] evening, looked at “why companies fail?” in the context of the collapse of outsourcing giant Carillion in January.
Scottish Lib Dems vote to end PFI/PPP infrastructure contracts - reversing policy from time in coalition govt
The Scottish Liberal Democrats open their conference in Dunfermline by passing policy for all PFI/PPP projects to be cancelled – they were in office from 1999-2007 with Scottish Labour when all Scottish PFI projects were signed
SCOTTISH LIBERAL Democrat activists have voted in favour of ending PFI/PP contracts for the building of schools, hospitals and other public infrastructure in Scotland.
Outsourcing firms as inefficient as Soviet state-owned enterprises but more unstable, academic finds
Professor Abby Innes found that the debt which led to the collapse of Carillion is built into the business model of big outsourcing firms, which received 73 per cent of all procurement contracts last year
AN ACADEMIC at the London School of Economics has published a paper which finds that Carillion-type outsourcing firms in the UK have a lot of the same inefficiencies as old state-owned enterprises in the Soviet Union, but are more unstable due to their financial model being based on Ponzi scheme-like debts.
#SNP18 votes unanimously to create a Scottish National Infrastructure Company
Campaigners welcome the endorsement of SNP grassroots, despite an attempt to remit back the resolution
THE SNP CONFERENCE in Aberdeen today [8 June] voted overwhelmingly to support the creation of a Scottish National Infrastructure Company (SNIC), a public alternative to private sector involvement in the creation of major infrastructure projects such as schools, hospitals and roads.
Revealed: Carillion collapse hits taxpayer for £148m, as coalition pushes for Scottish public infrastructure company
The SNP sudent wing has redoubled their calls for SNP members to back a national infastructure company after it was revealed the collapse of outsourcing firm Carillion would cost the taxpayer £148mn.
THE COLLAPSE of private finance giant Carillion is expected to cost the UK taxpayer some £148m according to a new report by the National Audit Office [NAO], leading for fresh calls for SNP members to back a publicly owned national infastructure company at their conference in Aberdeen this weekend.
After Grenfell: Builders push for greater regulation to prevent shoddy construction
Architect Malcolm Fraser backs industry body’s calls for increased government regulation of construction sector
ALMOST 80 per cent of builders want to see the UK Government introduce a licensing scheme to weed out “cowboy” builders, according to research by industry body the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).