Post by Colin Henderson on Jul 28, 2009 9:21:21 GMT
The latest on the LSC site says these important documents were to be published last week and most are still not yet out (just greater Manchester as of today) However, it is darned difficult to find the correct webpage so I have posted it here:
[EDIT - 7/08/09 - LSC HAVE CHANGED THE LINK URL - CORRECT LINK UPDATED BELOW]
Many of you will be waiting anxiously for these missing pieces in the 2010 jigsaw. If you're not, then you should be, because these plans will specify whether the LSC want to buy what you can deliver, how much they want and where they want it.
Note that the plans will be based on the actual number of matters started April 08 - March 09 and therefore it is very possible there will be LESS matter starts available than you have now, especially if you and/or your neighbouring providers have been below target.
Also, I understand the plans will not specify how many welfare, debt or housing cases are wanted any longer - just a total package of social welfare starts available at each "access point".
This gives the LSC the opportunity to alter the current geographical distribution. For example, I hear that they (rightly in my view) wish to buy a lot more social welfare starts in a certain North West town which has had under-provision for years. But be aware that this will inevitably mean less starts elsewhere in that region, even tho that need has been demonstrated over previous years. Current providers may have to scale back or show how they will transfer resources where the work is now wanted.
So do keep checking the above pages. Please also note that no plans are due out for "low volume" categories which apparently included employment. Matter start figures for them will only be released with the tenders.
I was at the Advice Services Alliance briefing session last week and the LSC rep said that they would not be reducing levels anywhere, and may be increasing them where indicative spend is not currently being met. I didn't get that one, as, without an injection of cash, how can they spend more where indicative spend is not being met... am I being dense here - now don't all rush to say 'yes' to that one - form an orderly queue please...
Post by Patrick Torsney on Aug 7, 2009 7:34:08 GMT
For some reason the LSC keep switching the links to specific pages on their site and then don't include a redirector, which is a tad annoying - I've now updated the link to the new procurement page in Colin's original message above
If anyone else spots a bad link to something on the LSC site then let me know and/or post the correct url