What is Commissioning? What is Procurement? What is TUPE?

On 31st October 2017, Shropshire Council began a procurement process to choose an organisation to run the library in Church Stretton.

Ref https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/politics/2017/11/02/bidding-open-for-library-contract/

We are still waiting news on this and will let you know as soon as we hear anything. Some of our supporters have told us they do not understand what a procurement process involves. We have written the following explanation to assist with this.

Commissioning & the Procurement Process

Local Authorities used to employ people to provide most of their services. Now local authorities frequently pay another organisation to deliver a service e.g. Shropshire Council pay Veolia to collect refuse from household bins across Shropshire. If a local authority decides to pay another organisation to deliver a service they go through a ‘formal procurement process ‘which includes the following steps.

  1. Service Specification: Commissioners working for the local authority describe the service they want an organisation to provide. e.g. for bin collection the service specification would say all householders should receive a black bin, green bin and recycle service once a fortnight.
  1. Invite organisations to tender: The local authority invites organisations to put in proposals saying how they would provide the service and how much money they want from the local authority to deliver it. There are strict rules of confidentiality put in place as if one organisation knew what their competitor was proposing it could provide an unfair commercial advantage.
  1. Award contract: As well as cost, the local authority should consider other factors such as an organisations’ financial stability and their track record in delivering a similar service when deciding who to award the contract to.

What happens when the contract comes to an end?

Contracts are awarded for a limited period of time, usually between 3 and 10 years. During that period the commissioner monitors the service to make sure it is meeting their requirements. When the contract is nearing its end, the local authority will repeat the whole process, so different organisations can compete for the next contract.

The Workforce and T.U.P.E

When a contract is awarded to a new organisation, there is a legal requirement to transfer the people currently delivering that service so they become employed by the new organisation e.g. the bin men who used to work for the local authority now work for Veolia. This is known as T.U.P.E (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006). People transferring retain their existing conditions of service so not only their salary scale stays the same, but they retain other benefits such as annual leave, sick pay, maternity leave and pensions.

NB This description has been kept simple for ease of understanding For a more detailed explanation of Commissioning and Procurement see:

https://knowhownonprofit.org/funding/commissioning/commissioning-1/what-is-commissioning

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Procurement Process Begins

Procurement Process Begins

You might have seen in the Shropshire Star and South Shropshire Journal that the procurement process for the library has begun .

It is not possible for us to comment  on our plans while the procurement process takes place.  

The procurement process is expected to end sometime in March.

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BACH: the organist in Music and Pictures

The Church Stretton Library Support Group is very pleased to present a special, and different, Musical Evening.

Richard Walker will be giving a talk on the organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach, using not only visual illustrations but demonstrations on the organ at All Saints’ Church, Little Stretton.

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy the glorious sound of this most superb 18th century composer.

The evening will include pictures of the churches where Bach worked, and the organs that he played.  The music will span his career from music written in his teens, the youthful Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and some of the more mature compositions from his final years at Leipzig.  It’s wonderful, varied music and this talk will put it into context.   

Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm at All Saints Church, Little Stretton.

 Tickets £5 from Burway Books.

 Proceeds to Church Stretton Library Support Group.

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Bag A Book Bargain

Visitors to the Rural Charities shop on the High Street will have noticed that they are now selling second-hand books, supplied by CSLSGL,  to raise funds for the Library Support Group. The books are marked with a coloured sticker and the proceeds from each one sold goes towards our work to keep the Library in the centre of the town. CSLSGL are grateful for this support and the support we have had from many businesses in the town.

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Procurement Process Begins

You might have seen in the Shropshire Star and South Shropshire Journal that the procurement process for the library has begun .

It is not possible for us to comment  on our plans while the procurement process takes place.  

The procurement process is expected to end in early February

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Grand Christmas Book Sale

Grand Christmas Book Sale!

The Church Stretton Library will be holding a Grand Book Sale on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December from 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. each day.

Don’t miss this chance to pick up some bargain book presents for Christmas!

Tea, coffee and cake will also be available on Saturday 9th.

Come along and support the Library and ease your Christmas gift problems at the same time!

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Another Successful Event

Another Succesful Event.

The CSLSGL stall at the RNLI table-top sale on 4th November was a great success and very popular with the browsers.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who turned out to man the stall and all those who showed their support by buying our wares and helping to raise a substantial amount for our funds.

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