Fife Council & The Third Sector
By Allan Tough
Background
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Scottish Public Sector spend on goods and services is £8
billion per year.
Fife Council Spend is roughly £400 million across all
services
Procurement and Supplies have centrally arranged
contracts over £52 million per year.
Successful Relationship
“A successful relationship between the Scottish
Government, Local Government and the third
sector will be built upon mutual respect and a joint
understanding of the roles played and challenges
faced by each partner in delivering better outcomes
for the public. It will be a supportive and
sustainable relationship which reinforces and
celebrates our interdependence”.
Current Situation
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Potential £23.5 Million deficit in the budget
Looking internally and externally at increased
efficiencies
Cannot continue to operate under the existing
model
A shared need for change
% Annual Real Growth Rate In
Scottish Budgets
% Annual Real Growth Rate in Scottish Budgets
10.0%
9.1%
7.9%
8.0%
6.3%
6.0%
5.6%
6.0%
5.2%
5.1%
4.5%*
4.0%
2.9%
1.7%
2.0%
0.0%
-2.0%
-1.7%
-2.3%
-2.3%
-2.3%
-4.0%
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01-02
02-03
03-04
04-05
Since Devolution
05-06
06-07
SR2007
07-08
08-09
Next SR**
09-10
10-11
11-12
12-13
13-14
Scottish Block Finance Demand &
Demand 2009/10 – 2017/18
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12
10
IFS
10
8
Demand
6
5
4
2
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0
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-9.5
Need for Change
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Challenges we face
Everybody needs to recognise
Acknowledge things wont be the same
How are we going to tackle them?
The BIG 8
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Targeted support to vulnerable people
Improved local conditions for economic development
Increased access to housing
Improved educational achievement and attainment for all
Improved Community Safety
Make Fife the leading green council in Scotland
Improved sport, leisure & cultural opportunities
Become a top performing Council
How will we achieve this?
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Balancing quality service provision against costs
Achieving sustainable development
Being accountable and transparent, by engaging
with the third sector, local community, service
users
Ensuring equal opportunities
Continuously improving the outcomes of the
services we provide
What are the Council Focusing on?
To be ready for what lies ahead we have to look
long and hard at how we do things and make
Changes. Key goals:
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Delivering services more Efficiently & Effectively
Dynamic and Flexible
Deliver More with less
Target our expertise more effectively to those who need it
Prioritise between competing demands for service and
resources through engagement
How will we achieve this?
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We will standardise procedures & processes
Open and transparent
Promote knowledge & understanding of
procedures & processes
Skills training and increasing access
opportunities
What we are NOT going to be doing!
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Adopting a blanket approach to contracts
Setting Financial limits so grants transfer to
contracts (case by case basis)
Making commissioning decisions without
appropriate consultation with the sector
Using rules and regulations to hide behind
Be inconsistent with our policy and decision
making processes
What’s being done at a local level?
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Scheme of Tenders Procedures
Establishing a Community Benefits Network
Looking to mainstream Community Benefit
Clauses across all procurement activity in the
council
Sector Specific Training for Procurement Officers
“Engaging the Third Sector”
What’s being done at a local level?
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Training sessions (Introduction to Procurement)
Procurement Surgeries & Meet the Buyer Events
to take place in the new year.
Work being carried out on posting updates on
including timetables for decision making on Fife
Direct or Third sector websites (CVS)
Whats been done at a National
Level?
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Tender training being offered to 800 individuals
CBC Road Shows (Second Quarter of Next Year)
Details on measuring SROI to be published
within the next 6-9 months
Supplier Development Programme
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Fife Council is a partner authority of the Supplier
Development Programme along with 15 partners across
Scotland.
The Supplier Development Programme was originally
created as a result of a business needs survey in 2006.
The main objective of the Programme is to break down
the barriers in the tendering process.
Supplier Development Programme
Aims
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Raise awareness of the opportunities from the public
sector.
Increase business readiness to tender through
workshops and networking opportunities.
Assist in accessing tender opportunities through ‘meet
the buyer events’ and web portals;
– Public Contracts Scotland
– Compete For
Supplier Development Programme Events
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Policy Workshops
– Environmental
– Health and Safety
– Equality
– Quality
– Collaboration
Submission Impossible
Love Me Tender
Key Contacts
Allan Tough 08451 555555 ext 445911
[email protected]
Stuart Fargie 08451 555555 ext 445959
[email protected]
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www.sdpscotland.co.uk
www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/