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New EU Procurement Laws

5 Aug 2013 - 16:41 by Nigel Rose
Procurement laws, or rather the poor application of them, can make a major difference in the ability of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) to win and keep contracts. There has been continual criticism of the level of bureaucracy and inflexibility in EU procurement laws and as a result new laws are to be announced soon.
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Spirit of Manchester

26 Jul 2013 - 16:14 by Mike Wild

I've mentioned previously that there's a danger that this blog becomes a series of rants about things I'm angry about. Well not today, at least!

Our State of the Voluntary Sector report shows there are over 3000 voluntary and community groups in Manchester. I don't know them all but I do know a lot of them and one of the great pleasures of my job is that I get to see some of the amazing things happening in groups across Manchester and meet some fantastic people.

Mental Health Commissioning Intentions Survey

26 Jul 2013 - 15:33 by john.butler

Since April 2013, North, Central and South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups have taken on responsibility for organising and paying for NHS Mental Health services in Manchester. They have just released their draft commissioning intentions document that describes how they think Mental Health services should look by 2015. You can find out more at their web pagehttp://www.manchester.nhs.uk/commissioning/mental-health-commissioning-i... .

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Opportunity to Help Troubled Families

17 Jul 2013 - 10:22 by Nigel Rose

The closing date to be part of the preferred providers list for services to Troubled Families has been extended for 2 weeks to 5pm on Fri 2nd August. Applications can be made through The Chest and the name of the opportunity is  "Framework Agreement for the Provision of Troubled Families Interventions". Read more here.

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Framework Agreement for the Provision of Troubled Families Interventions

4 Jul 2013 - 16:57 by Nigel Rose
Manchester City Council (MCC) is very keen for organisations to apply for a new opportunity advertised on The Chest to be part of a preferred providers list for services for Troubled Families. The closing date is 19th July. They are hoping that a large number of organisations, small and large, offering a very wide range of services are successful in meeting the basic quality requirements.
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Spot Purchasing

4 Jul 2013 - 16:48 by Nigel Rose
Spot purchasing is a new and strange idea to many voluntary organisations but is becoming more common as public bodies seek to reduce costs. It can be a far riskier form of funding if it contributes significantly to the financial viability of an organisation, as there are usually no guarantees of income, unlike grants or fixed contracts. This article examines a few of the considerations that need to be taken into account when developing a pricing plan

A New Direction for Mental Health Services

28 Jun 2013 - 13:57 by Nigel Rose

Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust is subject to strong implicit criticism of its performance in a recent document issued by Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It is no longer intending to apply for Foundation Trust status. The full report on Mental Health Services on which the document is based is ready but has not yet been released.

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