Share

Navca dismisses government procurement pledge

Navca dismisses government procurement pledge
News

Navca dismisses government procurement pledge

Governance | Jonathan Last | 15 May 2012

Navca has rejected the Cabinet Office’s new Procurement Pledge, instead opting to support a Local Government Association (LGA) alternative, and is calling on other not-for-profit organisations to do likewise.

The group feels that the pledge published by the government in April, which outlines its commitments to potential public service providers, takes a ‘top down’ approach with too much emphasis placed on wealthy companies, a philosophy that Navca predicts will disadvantage the charitable sector and local businesses.

The umbrella body prefers the LGA’s draft pledge, currently out for consultation, which it says is more focused on users and citizens and prioritises voluntary organisations.

Navca feels that the LGA shares its concerns about the government’s pledge, and that its LGA Procurement Pledge for Local Authorities “focuses on engagement and co-production and contains a greater focus on small and medium enterprises and the voluntary sector”, so is therefore more appropriate for voluntary sector providers who supply services at a local level.

The Cabinet Office lists 18 approved signatories to the Procurement Pledge, including Acevo. All other signatories are big businesses including BT Global Services, National Grid and Network Rail. The entire list, as well as the full outline of the Pledge, can be found on the website here.

Alongside supporting the LGA pledge, Navca has also stated that it believes competitive procurement processes are “unnecessary and do not deliver value for money” for the kinds of community-based services that that small local charities typically deliver.

Good idea executed badly

“The government’s pledge is a good idea that has been executed badly,” said Navca chief executive Joe Irvin in a statement. “The LGA’s pledge is much more voluntary sector-friendly, which is why Navca is happy to support it. In fact, in these days of localism, as the LGA pledge is backed up by local government, it is more relevant to the work of the voluntary sector.

“As well as the pledge, we really welcome the recognition from the LGA that there is currently a risk-averse approach to public sector procurement that requires a change in culture at local government level. We believe that the voluntary sector and the LGA have many shared interests and look forward to others in the voluntary sector getting behind this pledge.”

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Charity shops 'more popular than eBay', according to survey

27 Feb 2015

A survey conducted by nfpSynergy has found that Britons prefer to shop at charity shops rather than using...

Charities Property Fund reports £100m of transactions last December

26 Feb 2015

The Charities Property Fund has grown to £865m after reporting £100m of new transactions in December...

New regulations will help charities win contracts but do not go far enough, report claims

26 Feb 2015

New public contract regulations which come into force today will help charities win government contracts...

Diabetes UK raises £18.6m through Tesco partnership

27 Feb 2015

Tesco employees, suppliers and customers raised over £18m for Diabetes UK between March 2013 and December...

Coffee mornings top list of most popular fundraising events, report shows

26 Feb 2015

Coffee mornings are the most popular ways for supporters to raise money for charity, according to new...

Foundations discuss creating grants map of the UK

26 Feb 2015

Some of the sector’s largest foundations are discussing creating a map of all charitable grant funding...

Daniel Phelan dies, aged 58

13 Feb 2015

Daniel Phelan, owner and editor-in-chief of Civil Society Media, passed away on Wednesday following a...

LinkedIn launches matching service to bring charity volunteering opportunities to 250,000 members

6 Feb 2015

Charities in the UK will be able to advertise volunteer opportunities to 250,000 LinkedIn members who...

Free guide to Bitcoin donations produced for charities

5 Feb 2015

Two Bitcoin organisations have launched a website and free guide to promote the use of the digital currency...

Join the discussion

Twitter
 
Training

Attending our one day courses is a highly effective way of ensuring new and existing trustees fully understand their role, responsibilities and liabilities.

>> Find out more <<