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Ban the “g” word from outsourcing lexicon?


By Tony Collins

Is the word “guaranteed” as in “guaranteed savings” just spin –  perhaps the most misused word  in the lexicon of outsourcing? Should it be banned by general voluntary agreement?

It’s commonly used when suppliers are bidding for council contracts; and it is used almost as much by cabinet councillors when they are marketing an outsourcing proposal to fellow councillors and the public.

 It was used a lot by BT in its bid marketing documents that were shown to Cornwall councillors before  they signed a contract with the company. Cornwall’s ruling councillors last year, too, used the phrase “guaranteed savings” to batter their outsourcing critics. 

These are mentions of “guaranteed” from a single marketing document – BT’s Cornwall Council Briefing Strategic Partnership for Support Services, October 2012

– “£149.6m of guaranteed savings”

–  “jobs supported by formal commitments and guarantees on delivery along with clarity on the…

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