Contracts for care and support services provided by the third sector have become increasingly subject to procurement processes, in particular competitive tendering. Attempts to reform procurement law, policy and guidance have tried to improve public procurement and, to some degree, have recognised the unique nature of care and support.
Despite these efforts to create the right environment through reform of the law, practice is lagging behind. The most common form of social care procurement in Scotland remains a two stage competitive tender on to a framework. Far from providing flexibility for supported people competitive tendering in general; and frameworks in particular have many unintended, negative effects on the market
- Compromise provider sustainability
- Make it harder to deliver Fair Work
- Work against collaboration, partnership and innovation.
- Contribute to market instability and failure.