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Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Commissioning and the Council

Councillor Ken Meeson, Leader of the Council and Phil Mayhew, as Compact Champion have written again to all commissioning staff within Solihull Council “to remind commissioners of the need to work with the voluntary and community sector and to do all that we are able to do to ensure that the sector is informed and engaged in the commissioning process.”

Recognising the financial pressures from spending cuts they ask that “At a minimum, organisations should be given at least 12 weeks notice of any reduction but this we would stress really is an absolute minimum and the expectation is for earlier engagement and dialogue.”

They ask Commissioners to “ensure that you are familiar with the principles of the Compact and use it as a resource to assist your work with the sector.”

The letter also asks that they consider the Best Value guidance issued by Eric Pickles – the full text of the ‘single page’ guidance can be read by clicking on the link below and you can also download a copy of the letter from Ken Meeson and Phil Mayhew.

We cant ask for fairer treatment than that.

Read Eric Pickles Best Value Guidance

Download the letter to commissioners