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1st Commandment of Payment by Results: Thou shalt commission for a single purpose

1st Commandment of Payment by Results: Thou shalt commission for a single purpose. PbR schemes are often sabotaged by trying to achieve too many objectives. The Transforming Rehabilitation project is likely to suffer because it wants to reduce reoffending at the same time as cutting costs, transferring risk and privatising the probation service.

Payment by results across public services

00000Sitra, the housing support training and consultancy organisation, produced a short but interesting report this week which compared payment by results across public services and in housing related support. Summary of PbR across public services The report features a helpful summary of the different PbR schemes to which I would add the Youth Justice Board pathfinder pilots (about preventing nights in custody) and the UK Border Agency contract with Capita to find and remove illegal …

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Financing payment by results schemes is a tricky business

00000This is the fourth in a series of posts about the five principles of PbR commissioning set out in a recent Audit Commission report. Principle 4: Sound Financing As I have commented several times in this series of posts, perhaps the chief value of the Audit Commission’s report on PbR is its willingness to approach the subject from first principles, setting out a range of options, rather than making assumptions that the approaches garnering the most …

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Payment by results: Calling in the auditors

00000 The recent publication of the Audit Commission report: “Local payment by results” is a key landmark in the development of PbR for the commissioning of public services in the UK. The great thing about the Audit Commission is that their focus on hard facts and real-life performance combined with their total independence means that whenever they bring their focus to bear on an aspect of public life, they are worth listening to. There have …

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