Commissioning, procurement & contract management play a central role in the way councils operate. Oversight of these functions by elected members is crucial.
This seminar will set out to achieve the following objectives.
- Making sure that elected members have the full range of options available to them in making decisions about commissioning services (including ‘in-house’ options).
- How a robust and effective commissioning & procurement strategy can benefit from transparency, democratic oversight and a commitment to securing social value
- How commissioning processes benefit from early engagement with stakeholders
- The potential role that scrutiny can play in both commissioning and the procurement process
- Ways in which contracts should be drawn up to be fit for purpose
- How contracts can be drawn up to include scrutiny’s rights to information and attendance at scrutiny community meetings, to enhance accountability
- Ways in which the community’s experience and views of contract performance can be obtained
- The techniques available to challenge contract performance and maximise Member influence to achieve improvements in contract management and service delivery
Local authority examples will be provided as part of the session, which will also feature a mixture of presentations, group discussions, and question and answer opportunities.
09:30: Registration and refreshments
10:00: Welcome and Introduction
10:10: The emerging landscape – the commissioning council and public sector reform. Dr Barb Allen, University of Nottingham
11.10: Case studies: Two local authorities describing their approach to commissioning
12:00: Second case study
12.35: Panel discussion
13: 40: The scrutiny councillor: scrutinising contract specification, tendering, letting and monitoring. Ann Reeder /Tim Young – Frontline Consulting
14:15: Ideas from the Commissioning Academy: Andrew Walker, LGIU
14:35 Plenary – what can councils and councillors do to strengthen their role in commissioning; procurement & contract management? (Break out session)
15.05: Key lessons & issues to take back to your organisation.