NAVCA News - Commissioning and procurement

The following news articles were posted within the "Commissioning and procurement" category.

NAVCA supports MPs call for better commissioning

NAVCA has welcomed the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on transforming contract management. The report contains the findings of the Committee's inquiry into government contracting of £90 billion of public services. The report says that the government is over-reliant on a small number of contractors, is failing to monitor contracts to get value for money and that the ethical standards of the large contractors have been found wanting....

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NAVCA says Social Value Act needs strengthening

NAVCA has responded to the Government's Social Value Act review. NAVCA say that although the Act has the potential to be a powerful tool to improve commissioning practice it is being ignored by too many contracting authorities. NAVCA propose a three point plan to make social value more relevant and the Act make a real difference for charities and voluntary organisations....

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Government backs down on key Judicial Review proposal

The Ministry of Justice has published the Government's response to the "Judicial review: proposals for further reform" consultation, which ran from September to November last year. The Government were consulting on changes to Judicial Review, including introducing a test for "standing", limiting entitlement to bring a judicial review to those with a direct interest in the case. This would have removed the ability of charities and campaigning groups to bring claims on behalf of individuals. This proposal has been dropped....

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Local business giving

New research published today (12 November 2013) says that local businesses make a limited but important contribution towards supporting voluntary and community organisations. Local Business Giving: between the raffle prize and a new source of funding, by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, is notable because there is little published research on local businesses support for the voluntary sector. This is in contrast to the considerable attention given to the role of large businesses in supporting charities....

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New data reveals damaging decline in grant funding for charities

The Local Grants Forum says that the 2012 NCVO Civil Society Almanac, published today, provides conclusive proof that a major shift from grant funding to contracting by local public bodies is taking place....

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Charities set to benefit from new social value law

The Public Services (Social Value) Bill has cleared its final hurdle in the House of Lords and is set to become Law. The Bill will mean public bodies have to consider social and environmental benefits alongside financial considerations when awarding contracts. NAVCA believes this will help charities and local voluntary organisations win more public service contracts as they provide a high level of added social value to the contracted services they deliver....

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NAVCA’s six point test for local Healthwatch

NAVCA has issued a six point test for local Healthwatch to make sure they are genuine grassroots bodies. To pass the six point test, the Government needs to amend the Health and Social Care Bill so that local Healthwatch organisations are not 'statutory bodies', which would create over 150 new local quangos....

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NAVCA welcomes proposed changes to EU procurement rules

NAVCA has welcomed the new proposals from the European Commission for revised public procurement directives, published on 20 December 2011. The proposals follow last year's consultation by the European Commission and they recognise that social, health and education services have specific characteristics that do not fit with the current procurement rules. NAVCA believes these proposals will make it easier for local charities and voluntary organisations to deliver public services....

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NAVCA concern at Enfield NHS cuts

NAVCA has made Freedom of Information requests in response to reports that the NHS in Enfield will be cutting voluntary sector grants. ...

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NAVCA publishes Open Public Services consultation response

NAVCA has published its response to the government’s Open Public Services White Paper, which sets out the government’s plans to reform public services. The government sees it as part of their Big Society agenda. They believe it hands power to communities and ends the top-down ‘government knows best’ approach. Critics have called the plans "back-door privatisation"....

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Open Public Services - Consultation event

The government is proposing major reforms to public services in the Open Public Services White Paper. NAVCA will be responding to the paper and we would urge all interested members to do likewise. As part of the consultation process, and in partnership with the Cabinet Office, we are holding a focused consultation for NAVCA members on the theme of market development on Wednesday morning, 28th September, in Birmingham at BVSC. Places are free but limited so please email to reserve a place or call 0114 278 6636....

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Kevin Curley congratulates Chancellor

Kevin Curley has written to the Chancellor, George Osborne MP, to congratulate the Government’s move to recognise the importance of social value. The Government, earlier this month, published a new annex to the Green Book called 'Valuing Non- market impacts'. This is the first time Social Value has been built into the government's hand book on policy appraisal and evaluation - the Green Book....

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Treasury Green Book Annex

The Treasury have published 'Valuing Non- market impacts' - a new annex to the Green Book - and released a joint discussion paper with DWP. The annex states that valuing 'the social' is important in policy decisions. This is the first time this has been built into the Green Book - the government's handbook on policy appraisal and evaluation. ...

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Tender Support Evaluation

NAVCA has published an evaluation of their Tender Support Project. The project supported local charities and voluntary organisations to bid for and win contracts. The report shows that the £70,000 project helped 148 organisations win contracts worth over £1.6m....

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Public Services White Paper launched

The government has launched its white paper on the reform of public services. After much delay the Cabinet Office has published the Open Public Services white paper which will be followed over the summer by 'a wide-ranging discussion with individuals, communities, public sector staff, providers and others with an interest in how public services are delivered' on a dedicated website....

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NAVCA welcomes Red Tape Report

NAVCA has welcomed Unshackling Good Neighbours, the report from the Red Tape taskforce led by Lord Hodgson...

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NAVCA tells voluntary sector to get involved in EU Procurement

NAVCA is warning voluntary and community sector organisations to make sure they do not ignore a vital EU consultation on Procurement rules...

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European Commission consulting on modernising procurement rules

A green paper and public consultation has been launched around modernising public procurement. This is a rare opportunity to influence the EU Procurement...

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