The Future of the Learning Disability Provider Service (LDPS)
Q1. Now there is only one bidder left in the procurement process for the proposed Social Enterprise Partnership, has SCC produced a Baseline Comparator and a Plan B (with an In House Service Improvement and Innovation Plan)?
Q2. If the Learning Disabilities Service Provider is contracted out to the remaining bidder will there be an independent review to ensure that all of the contract letting and management issues are assessed and openly reported?
Q3. Will SCC introduce a final Gateway Review immediately before the proposed contract with Dimensions UK is let to ensure that the resources and skills are in place for effective and safe contract management?
Q4. “The LD Programme Board will now be taking just the one submission from Dimensions UK through the remaining procurement process. The process we are following won’t change now just because we have one bidder, they will still need to meet our agreed requirements.” (From the bi-monthly LDPS newsletter “Hearsay” – May 2016)http://somersetldchange.co.uk/
Will SCC’s requirements (of the sole bidder) be shared with service users, parents, carers, staff and trade unions?
Strengthening Local Government Transparency – Consultation on changes to the Local Government Transparency Code 2015
The government has opened up a consultation which includes proposals on procurement and contracts.
Paragraph 34 states: “Specifically, a local authority should publish, within one month of taking such a decision:
information on how it has ‘tested’ its in-house provision against the market to ensure the service is being delivered cost-effectively. Local residents should get the best possible value for money service…”
Q5. Will SCC be contributing to the consultation, to ensure when considering the future of public services that accountability, democracy and transparency are maximised?
Nigel Behan (Unite)