Free NCVO-Navca procurement guide clarifies commissioning process

Help for charities to understand law of public sector contracting

A guide to commissioning and procurement law for third sector organisations was jointly published by the NCVO and Navca today.

Pathways through the Maze – a Guide to Procurement Law, written by Anthony Collins Solicitors, aims to help voluntary groups understand the legal and practical issues of public sector contracting. It is free to download from the NCVO and Navca websites.

"With the sector playing an increasingly important role in public service delivery, the guide is an invaluable tool to help voluntary groups get to grips with what is often a complex process," said Kevin Curley, chief executive of Navca.

The guide is written specifically for people working for local charities, voluntary organisations, community groups or social enterprises.

Curley added that smaller organisations that did not have legal teams would find the guide particularly useful.

The guide was created in response to a high level of demand for information on procurement and commissioning processes from Navca and NCVO members.

The two umbrella bodies hope the guide will also increase the profile of charities and voluntary organisations in the public sector.

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