Franchise system to be reformed

Significant changes to the procurement of long term public sector franchises are called for in ‘The Brown review of the rail franchising programme’, set up by the government following the collapse of the InterCity West Coast contract award process.

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Mystery shopper complains

The Cabinet Office says its ‘mystery shopper’ exercise has revealed a depth of disquiet among businesses concerning the procurement processes used by public sector bodies.

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No safety from fees

Construction sites are being targeted disproportionately by the Health and Safety Executive under its new Fee Intervention Scheme.

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News in Brief: January 2013

The National Audit Office (NAO) has warned in a report on the National Infrastructure Plan that offering state guarantees on privately financed infrastructure contracts could result in substantial losses to the taxpayer.

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Legal terms explained: Implied terms

When a contract does not contain a term which a party needs to effectively manage the contract, they often turn to implied terms. Such terms can also derive from statute where legislation provides for terms to be implied into contracts even if not expressly set out in them.

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BIM savings may cover costs

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) says savings of £800,000 are being achieved on a Building Information Modelling (BIM) trial project, one of four trials announced earlier this year.

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New form for schools

The Education Department (DoE) has issued a draft Standard Form Project Agreement for use on its Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), introducing the prospect of equity gain share on the privately financed element of the programme.

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