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The New Performance Framework for Local Authorities and Local Authority Partnerships: Single Set of National Indicators The new national indicators is the only means of measuring national priorities that have been agreed by Government. The new indicators will strengthen the incentives for closer partnership working to deliver joined-up outcomes because they will apply (where relevant) to other local partners - such as Primary Care Trusts and police.
This report presents the findings of the Scottish Procurement Directorate's and Communities Scotland's Community Benefits in Procurement ( CBIP) Pilot Programme. In these pilots public bodies sought to secure the delivery of certain 'Community Benefits', namely 'targeted recruitment and training' (TR&T), through the use of public contracts.
This guide identifies opportunities for the public sector to do more and better business with social enterprises. Some legal issues arising where social enterprises supply goods or services to the public sector, or deliver public services, are also covered. The guide has been commissioned by the BEST Procurement Development Partnership.
The Office of the Third Sector, based in the Cabinet Office, leads the government's policy on involving the third sector in public services.
The department of Communities and Local Government's vision is of prosperous and cohesive communities, offering a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for all.
NHS and Sustainable Development Commission site describes how NHS organisations can embrace sustainable development and tackle health inequalities through their day-to-day activities.
DEFRA is the lead UK government department for sustainable development.
Government policy document
'Partnership in Public Services: an action plan for third sector involvement', aims to remove barriers to third sector organisations wishing to become involved in delivering and designing public services and was published by the Cabinet Office in December 2006. Includes a review of contracting principles to ensure that smaller third sector organisations can partner with larger organisations to deliver services.
The Local Government White Paper, published in October 2006, aims 'to give local people and local communities more influence and power to improve their lives.' Contains sections on local government procurement strategy.
Draft health and social care response by the NHS Procurement and Supply Agency to the Sustainable Procurement Task Force’s report - available for comment.
The Sustainable Procurement Taskforce website, including links to the Sustainable Procurement National Action plan and the national strategy: Procuring the Future.
The Sustainable Procurement Action Plan describes the government's overarching policy towards sustainable procurement. It incorporates the Government response to the report of the Sustainable Procurement Task Force.
Local Government Draft Sustainable Procurement Action plan - available for comment.
Haringey Council's Trade Local Development scheme which focussed on procurement support to SMEs.
North East Centre of Excellence - Sustainable Procurement page
Non-governmental reports and papers
A new nef briefing paper from says that the Government’s efficiency agenda is eroding local public services and proposes a new ‘Public Benefit’ model to restore them. The ‘Public Benefit’ model assesses effectiveness of outcomes in terms of their benefit to users and the wider community; and service providers are encouraged to cooperate and innovate to maximise these benefits, rather than simply minimise costs.
'Social Return on Investment’ analysis captures the value of wider benefits of positive social, economic and environmental impacts created by organisations that are otherwise left off the balance sheet.
Plugging the Leaks is a community-led economic development strategy tool. Ideas to plug leaks in the local economy stem from a one-day economic literacy workshop that enables a community to identify the economic resources in their local economy and determine ways to use them more effectively.
The Flexible Framework forms the cornerstone of the government's Sustainable Procurement National Action Plan and is designed with a range of public sector audiences in mind.
The sustainable procurement taskforce prioritization methodology
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