Trends in commissioning and procurement of public services are having a serious impact on many voluntary organisations, particularly those disadvantaged by an unfamiliar competitive tendering arena. Getting a handle on this is tricky, with health, local authority and criminal justice commissioners across the country doing things their own way.
However, many public bodies are starting to recognise that the rush to change from grants to competitive tendering has lost them local expertise and ended up costing more. New procurement regulations offer different approaches, such as Innovation Partnerships, where those who deliver can help redesign services.
This MDN event will provide a range of perspectives and updates on this critical topic. We will also look at our experience of competitive tendering and consortium working within our own businesses.
And we won’t ignore the still unquantified impact of leaving Europe.
Confirmed speakers include the Lloyds Bank Foundation, a funding body who have been working to address the impact of poor commissioning on the voluntary sector and we also expect to include legal and national infrastructure input.