Kevin Curley urges NAVCA members to use Best Value Guidance
Kevin Curley, Chief Executive of NAVCA, has written to NAVCA members advising them to make themselves familiar with the new Best Value Statutory Guidance and to use it in their local negotiations.
The Best Value Statutory Guidance was published by the Department for Communities and Local Government last week. In his message to members Kevin Curley says that the Statutory Guidance is more useful to the local voluntary sector than he had anticipated.
Kevin's message quoted an extract from the guidance:
Authorities should seek to avoid passing on disproportionate reductions - by not passing on larger reductions to the voluntary and community sector as a whole than they take on themselves - and in particular
- An authority intending to reduce or end funding or other support to a voluntary and community organisation should give at least three months' notice......
- An authority should actively engage the organisation and service users as early as possible before making the decision on: the future of the services; any knock-on effect on assets used to provide this service; and the wider impact on the local community.
- Authorities should make provision for the organisation, service users, and wider community to put forward options on how to reshape the service or project......
Kevin Curley also drew members' attention to an accompanying document that makes the importance of the Guidance clear. It says that the Guidance is statutory, based on the Duty of Best Value. This means Best Value authorities have to have regard to it and could be challenged to show they have done so, but cannot be compelled to follow it. Kevin Curley told NAVCA members that this is a particularly important statement should they be considering a public law challenge.Read
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