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  • Circle and Hinchingbrooke Hospital - Mar 2015Jane Lethbridge

    This is a briefing about the failure of the first hospital in the NHS to have its management services franchised to Circle, a private company.   It looks at the events leading up to the franchising of management services, the National Audit Office investigation into the tendering process, the recent report by the Care Quality Commission and the reasons for the failure of the franchise.

     

  • Exposing the myths around Public-Private Partnerships A PSIRU briefing for EPSU - Mar 2015Jane Lethbridge

    This briefing highlights the financial and operational problems that have occurred with PPPs in the UK and in countries across Europe. 11 key facts are:

    1.       The private sector doesn’t assume risk

    2.       PPPs don’t guarantee better value for money

    3.       The normal public sector option is not always considered

    4.       PPPs are not better at finish buildings on time or on budget than ordinary contracts

    5.       The rules on PPPs don’t ensure complete transparency and can contribute to corruption

    6.       Any competitive tendering associated with PPPs does not guarantee savings

    7.       PPPs do not ensure better design innovations

    8.       The private sector is not necessarily more efficient at running services

    9.       The private sector cannot raise money more cheaply than governments

    10.   PPPs distort public policy priorities and load austerity policies onto other services

    11.   PPPs are not necessary to solve the problems of countries in crisis

     

  • Final European Report of the PESSIS 2 Project Promoting employers' in social services in social dialogue - Mar 2015Jane Lethbridge

    The Final European Report (PESSIS/PESSIS 2) draws together the results of the 17 national case studies of social dialogue in the social services sector.  Although trade unions are active in the social services sector, many countries lack strong employers’ organisations, even where there is a tradition of social dialogue.  The expansion of both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors means that they will have to recognise their responsibilities as employers and form strong employers’ organisations to support this process.  Collective bargaining coverage is highest for public sector workers and lowest for for-profit and not-for-profit workers.  Austerity measures are affecting funding of the social services sector.  Collective bargaining arrangements remain an important set of structures on which to build further employer- employee dialogue.

     

  • Strengthening the workforce for people with disabilities: initial mapping across Europe - Mar 2015Jane Lethbridge

    Developed and commissioned by the European Observatory for Human Resources (EOHR), part of the EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities), the research was conducted by Jane Lethbridge in autumn 2014 into how organisations providing services for people with disabilities recruit and train social care workers. Austerity policies and resulting budget reductions are affecting not only the availability and affordability of the services, but also the working conditions and overall quality of services.  There is pressure to reduce staff costs, either by reducing the level of qualifications required or through lower wages. Consequently, applicants can enter care work without any relevant qualifications or experience and often organisations have to train them.


  • Troubled Waters: Misleading industry PR and the case for public water - Nov 2014Emanuele Lobina

    This report discusses the role played by misleading public relations in the attempts of water multinationals Veolia and Suez to expand their market share in the USA. The report finds that, in the US like in other countries of the global North, Veolia and Suez are very good at promising improved performance and enhanced service quality but have a poor track record at keeping their promises. As this poor track record is a systemic feature of private water operations, the report makes the case for remunicipalisation and for strengthening public water services through in-house restructuring, public-public partnerships, and policies that support democratic governance”.     

     

  • Here to stay: water remunicipalisation as a global trend - Nov 2014Emanuele Lobina

    This report assesses the scope of water remunicipalisation as a global trend. In the first extensive mapping of this emerging global trend, the report identifies 180 cases of water remunicipalisation that have occurred in the last 15 years in 35 countries of the global North and South. The report discusses the pace and diffusion of this trend, as well as the process, drivers and outcomes of water remunicipalisation.

  • List of water remunicipalisations April 2014 - Nov 2014Emanuele Lobina

    The report provides details of the water services remunicipalised up to April 2014.

  • Briefing on tax justice issues - Latin America - Jul 2014Jane Lethbridge

    This briefing paper outlines why taxation is important, the problems of tax base erosion and profit sharing, identifies the main tax havens and off-shore centres in Latin America and outlines tax justice campaigns in Latin America.

  • CEO Pay and Public Services - Jul 2014Jane Lethbridge

    This report examines the high pay of CEOs of a group of companies delivering public services, e.g. Serco, Capita and G4S.

  • Privatisation of development finance for public services delivery by the UK Government and the impact on the rights of poor women in developing countries - Jul 2014Jane Lethbridge

    This report shows how public-private partnerships (PPPs) and other forms of large-scale development finance schemes promoted by DFID, which involve the transfer of public service provision to the private sector, are impacting on poor women in terms of their unpaid work, influence in decision making and access to decent work.

     

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