Groundwork UK CEO, Graham Duxbury has signed an open letter to on The Work and Health Programme urging the Government to 'break down the barriers' that are preventing charities and social enterprises bidding and running Department of Work and Pensions programmes.
The letter highlights the areas in which the Government can assist in the procurement process to ensure the charities and social enterprises that have ample expertise and experience of running such programmes are not frozen out of the bidding process.
The three key reccomendations are:
- Guarantee minimum-referral volumes. This will allow a broader range of providers to bid with confidence that the scope is realistic and sustainable.
- Set lower thresholds for parent-company guarantees at no more than 10 per cent of annual contract value. This would reduce barriers to market entry and allow smaller and specialist organisations to bid.
- Place a heavier emphasis on quality of bids. This would help prevent a race to the bottom on cost, where only providers who discount price without improving quality are able to secure contracts.
To read the full letter, please click here.