Must everything be procured?

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By Gareth Coles of WCVA at WCVA's Annual Conference 2013.

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Must everything be procured?

  1. 1. Must everything be procured? Oes raid caffael popeth? Gareth Coles – WCVA
  2. 2. What we’ll cover 1. 2. 3. 4. Context Procurement – issues and opportunities Grants – use and benefits Discussion
  3. 3. Context From grants to contracts • Reduction in third sector contract income • Diminishing budgets • Larger, regional, more generic contracts • ...What role for the third sector in public service design and delivery?
  4. 4. The third sector and public service delivery Welsh Government recognises “the crucial role the third sector plays in sustaining a just, inclusive and responsible society, including their role as service providers to the public sector”
  5. 5. Putting people at the centre The way forward for public service partners in Wales: • • • • Engagement Prevention and early intervention Seeking alternative models Scrutiny
  6. 6. Terminology Commissioning – planning and delivery cycle, from analysis of needs, through planning and securing services, to review. Procurement – the acquisition of goods and services from third party suppliers under legally binding contractual terms.
  7. 7. Commissioning “Realistically social care markets will continue to combine a balance of services which may be delivered internally by the local authority or secured externally through grants or via a procurement exercise. Local authorities should consider the potential benefits and risks of the options available and have a clear decision-making process for deciding when to use the different approaches.”
  8. 8. Procurement – the legal position Public Procurement Rules: • Directive 2004/18/EC • Public Contracts Regulations 2006 • UK and European Court case law Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union A public body’s Standing Financial Instructions
  9. 9. Procurement – moves to improve • • • • • Community Benefits Wales Procurement Policy Statement Joint bidding guidance New EU Procurement Directives Lower value contracts
  10. 10. Grants A grant is a financial payment given by the funding body to the recipient either generally or in connection with specific activities that the recipient undertakes. The recipient of a grant many only use the grant monies received for the specific purposes for which they have been made available.
  11. 11. Grants – benefits • • • • • • Collaboration Efficiency Innovation Social benefit Strategic investment Additional contributions
  12. 12. Grants or contracts – criteria Legislation – powers, best value, State Aid, Public Procurement Rules • • Policy – internal, local, regional, national Internal requirements – financial instructions • • Objectives
  13. 13. Investing locally • Strategic use of grants • Community benefits • Transfer of assets • Opening up low value opportunities • Bidding support for local organisations
  14. 14. Opportunities? • • • • • • • • Commissioning? Greater take up of community benefits? New EU Procurement Directive? Standing Financial Instructions? Future Generations Bill? Cross-sectoral working? Co-production? Others?
  15. 15. Thank you Diolch yn fawr Gareth Coles 02920 431 771 gcoles@wcva.org.uk

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