Voscur invited to join national public services programme task force

Round Table Meeting
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2 February, 2017
Voscur’s Head of Commissioning and Collaboration, Mark Hubbard, has been invited to join a new government group to improve VCSE* sector experiences of commissioning. This Civil Society Implementation Group of VCSE representatives and commissioners has been convened as part of the government’s new Public Services Programme.
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, announced the programme in December 2016. Designed to “put small charities at the heart of public services”, the purpose is to help tackle the challenges small charities face in accessing the public service supply chain.
The announcement came around the same time as a damning report by Lloyds Bank Foundation which highlighted how poor commissioning practice is limiting smaller charities’ ability to access public funding to help people in need. 
Mark Hubbard said: “VCSE organisations deliver important public services, some through public sector commissioning processes. We know that organisations can struggle to engage with inconsistent commissioning practice and that contracts can be out of reach. We also know that there is a growing expectation that VCSE organisations will help communities buffer the changes resulting from austerity. Participating in the Implementation Group is an important opportunity to continue our work in supporting more VCSE organisations to engage with commissioning and win public service contracts.” 
To contact Mark, email mark@voscur.org or call our office on 0117 909 9949.
*Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise
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