The BSA welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum 2022. This contribution has particular relevance to the commissions on public services that work from the start, safe and secure communities, better jobs and better work, and a green and digital future.
The BSA welcomes the publication of the Prisons Strategy White Paper and the accompanying consultation. The Strategy reflects significant steps forward in the Government’s efforts to modernise the prison estate by making it resilient, secure, and a stepping-stone to sustainable resettlement.
The BSA strongly welcomes the recent publication of the Government’s Green Paper on Transforming Public Procurement. It reflects a significant step forward in the Government’s continued efforts to increase the value and efficiency of public service delivery – efforts that the BSA and its members have long supported.
We hope that the recommendations contained within this response can further support the Government’s work in this crucial policy area and have therefore only responded to the most relevant questions for BSA members as set out in the consultation.
BSA response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government ‘Local Government Pension Scheme – Amendments to the statutory underpin consultation’
The BSA has made a submission to the call for evidence for the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.
The BSA welcomed proposals to increase flexibilities within the NHS Pension Scheme in its response.
The BSA has submitted its response to the Oakervee review in which it calls for renewed and reinvigorated cross-government backing for HS2 – reflecting the commitment shown by industry and regional leaders in the Midlands and North of England.
The BSA has responded to MHCLG’s consultation on changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme. The BSA believes LGPS fund valuation should be moved to a quadrennial cycle to ensure it follows the same cycle as LGPS scheme valuation.
The BSA has published its submission to the government’s consultation on social value in procurement. The BSA welcomes the government’s intention to deliver increased social value and welcomes the move to set out an evaluation model for commissioners.
The BSA has published its submission to the government’s consultation on Local Government Pension Schemes.
The BSA has published its response to the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)’s recent consultation into helping businesses to improve the way they use energy. We welcome the government’s Clean Growth Strategy in our submission, which also focuses on improving energy efficiency in new buildings and through business supply chains.
The BSA believes Levy funds should be directly linked to apprenticeships or other employer-led training routes, in keeping with its rationale. It is also important that resources for training can be used by employers as flexibly as possible, as training needs – and the age profile of those who require training – will vary from area to area.
Business services is an industry which has a crucial role to play as an engine of inclusive growth and prosperity; contributing to the delivery of public services; and achieving wider social value objectives.