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YPO LOOKS TOWARDS POST-PANDEMIC SUCCESS WITH THREE SENIOR APPOINTMENTS

YPO, one of the UK’s largest public sector buying organisations, has made three appointments across its board and senior leadership teams, as part of a wider focus on stability and pandemic recovery for the organisation.

Julie Hawley will be taking the role of executive director of finance, Jacquie Lightfoot will be joining YPO as executive

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Government is holding the industrial sector back with ineffective planning policy, says Turley

“Ineffective” national planning policy, which “has no teeth” is holding the industrial sector back from supporting the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19, according to planning and development consultancy Turley.

Despite the radical reforms promised in the 2020 Planning White Paper, there is scant regard to the role of industry and logistics, in spite of the

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Transformative £452m Borderlands deal to unlock area’s economic potential

A £452m deal to unlock the economic potential of the Borderlands area has been formally signed by the UK and Scottish governments and local authority partners.

Ministers of the two governments and representatives of the five councils of the Borderlands Partnership signed the transformative Inclusive Growth Deal at a virtual ceremony.

The deal will reach

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THE TWELVE NEW PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNANCE FOR PUBLIC BODY NEDS

Mark Florman, chairman and CEO of Time Partners

Some years ago, I did some work on the difference in the duties and responsibilities of directors of private companies and directors of public bodies. I noticed that I was one of very few people who had taken an active role in serving on both. Following

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Can a social value dividend help the public purse invest for a better future?

The new model for government procurement promises to help the nation ‘build back better’, but delivering on its full potential will require a shift in mindset from service buyers and procurement teams.

Whether it’s opting for a green energy tariff or making sure the fish we buy is from sustainable sources, consumers increasingly

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BUDGET: Comments and reactions sent to GPSJ

NCB statement on Budget 2021

Anna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive of the National Children’s Bureau, said:

“The full effect of the pandemic on families’ finances will only be fully appreciated as the furlough scheme and other measures that protect jobs are wound up at the end of September. Yet this is the moment that the Chancellor

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90 local authorities and housing organisations turn to PayPoint for accessible financial support for struggling families

South Lanarkshire Council confirms ‘Cash Out’ delivers immediate and wider access to crucial funds vs vouchers

Increasing numbers of local authorities are utilising the instant cash solutions from PayPoint to financially help families quickly, as the effects of lockdown bring further suffering. Government free school meals and Winter Hardship Fund vouchers provided to

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Skills Minister and Shadow Minister to headline CSA’s Learning & Development Conference

Two senior politicians are set to headline and inspire an upcoming conference on Learning & Development (L&D) organised by the Credit Services Association (CSA), the voice of the UK debt collection and debt purchase sectors.

Gillian Keegan

Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, and Toby Perkins, Shadow Minister for Apprenticeships and Lifelong Learning,

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New Rural Economy Toolkit to support “missed opportunity” around rural relevance to UK productivity and prosperity

The Institute of Economic Development (IED) and the Rural Services Network (RSN) have devised a new practitioner-focused toolkit which is intended as a guide for “anyone seeking to raise rural relevance in the economic agenda”.

The Rural Economy Toolkit, which is being launched on 12 November ied.co.uk/news_events/events_calendar/rural_toolkit_launch, is designed to ensure that rural areas are

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The impacts of planning reform on employment land

Stuart Hardisty

By Stuart Hardisty

Yesterday I spoke at the Westminster Briefing event on Planning Policy Reforms Under the New Government www.westminster-briefing.com/Planning_Under_The_New_Government around the impacts of such reform on employment land, an issue I am firmly embedded in.

Three years ago I wrote a blog post setting out a series of risk factors affecting

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Bristow & Sutor celebrate success of returning to enforcement

Bristow & Sutor, one of the UK’s leading players specialising in debt recovery, are meeting with more people now than before the coronavirus pandemic began. Despite not currently entering premises, contact rates have increased by 15% and Enforcement Agent (EA) payment results have shown an increase of 24%. The company believes this proves the majority

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Prime Minister and Prime Minister Suga welcome recent agreement on UK-Japan free trade

A Downing Street spokesperson has told GPSJ:

“The Prime Minister spoke to Yoshihide Suga this morning to congratulate him on his recent appointment as Prime Minister of Japan.

“The leaders discussed the importance of the UK-Japan relationship across economic cooperation, security and defence. They resolved to work together closely to tackle shared challenges such as

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Can the public sector improve collections, post Covid? Asks Christian Jacob, Managing Director, Qualco UK

Christian Jacob, Managing Director, Qualco UK

With millions outstanding in tax revenues and unpaid debts, local authorities and central government agencies are evaluating how they recoup their losses.

Around six million people across the UK have found themselves with bills they cannot pay as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This figure, from Citizens

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allpay and Blocser confirm card contract for fast-growing UK gig economy

Blocser believes cards still have a hold

Ambitious Danish fintech Blocser has partnered with top UK card manufacturer allpay.cards with designs on the fast-growing gig economy.

Blocser has pinned their Butterfly Card to one of its biggest market moves yet – the UK offer to the near 5million now estimated as working in the

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