We missed this over the holiday period: The British Library website, under social welfare, houses a paper by Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service on the potential and unintentional effects of public sector contracting and procurement. It takes a number of recent high-profile examples from the voluntary and private sector and asks whether there are inherent risks in pursuing an income strategy that strongly prioritises public sector contract delivery during a time of austerity and deep cuts to public sector budgets. It asks – are there flaws in the governance of voluntary organisations or do the demands of procurement processes and the drive from policy makers and politicians force chief executives and trustee boards to take risks that prove fatal to the organisation for which they are responsible? You can download the paper here.

 

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