Noms law will give sector a role in service provision

Charities will have a role in delivering services under the Offender Management Act, minister Maria Eagles told a senior sector delegate to the Labour conference.

The news has come as a relief to charity commissioning champions, who are still angered that several sector groups lost out on Department for Work and Pensions Pathways to Work contracts last month.

Acevo has pledged to conduct an inquiry into DWP procurement procedures, and the body's chief executive, Stephen Bubb, will meet Peter Hain, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, this week.

"I am more hopeful on the National Offender Management Service because the bill has just gone through and there is a very specific commitment that 10 per cent of tenders will go to the sector," Bubb said. "We also have a commitment that the tenders will be developed in consultation with us."

However, a leaked copy of a Ministry of Justice internal review has indicated that Noms is due to be scrapped this month in a departmental shake-up.

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