Office for Civil Society publishes green paper on commissioning

But voluntary organisations only have until 5 January to give their responses to the paper that seeks views on public service contract bidding plans

Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office
The Office for Civil Society has published a green paper on commissioning, calling for views on how the government can create a level playing field for voluntary organisations bidding for public service contracts.

Interested parties have until 5 January to respond to the Modernising Commissioning green paper, which does not contain specific new proposals, but instead seeks views on the government's current plans for action.

These include payment by results, setting targets for service delivery by independent providers, streamlining the procurement process and giving voluntary organisations a new 'right to challenge' local authorities when they think they can provide better services.

The consultation also asks for feedback on its plans to launch a new website called Contract Finder in March next year. The free site will host all central government tender documents and contracts.

Much of this information is already contained on the Funding Central website. Ministers awarded the NCVO £1.6m to run Funding Central for three years from 2009.

The green paper says "the government will consider the relationship between Contracts Finder and Funding Central".

Nick Hurd, the minister for civil society, said the green paper would feed into a public service reform white paper next year.

"We need smarter commissioning processes that take into account the social and environmental impact of organisations awarded contracts," he said.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

Latest Jobs

RSS Feed

Third Sector Insight

Sponsored webcasts, surveys and expert reports from Third Sector partners

Markel

Expert Hub

Insurance advice from Markel

Cyber and data security - how prepared is your charity?

With a 35 per cent rise in instances of data breaches in Q2 and Q3 last year, charities must take cyber security seriously

Third Sector Logo

Get our bulletins. Read more articles. Join a growing community of Third Sector professionals

Register now