Friday 28 February 2020

An Introduction to Commissioning for Elected Members

East Midlands Councils is offering Councillors in the East Midlands the opportunity to take part in an introduction to commissioning for elected members workshop on 7 November.

Given the rise in commissioning in local government and the impact of the outsourcing of contracts on service delivery, resident satisfaction and budgets, councillors increasingly are considering how they can exercise greater oversight of commissioning activity. There also is an interest by elected members in the commissioning of publicly funded health services, given some councils’ roles in health and wellbeing boards and health scrutiny.

Councillors are keen to ensure that:

  • They are engaged in policy making to determine whether or not to commission services outside or within the council
  • They are more involved in contract specification, tender evaluation and contract monitoring, alongside officers in procurement and who act as client managers
  • Commissioning processes are more engaged with what service users and residents want
  • Contracted services deliver value for money and customer satisfaction
  • Councils’ spending power secures more social benefits for their area and its residents, as provided for by the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 

The objectives of a seminar are to enable councillors to develop their understanding of:

  • Commissioning in the context of public sector reform
  • How a commissioning council works
  • Procurement, contract management and performance monitoring
  • Ways in which a robust and effective procurement strategy can benefit from transparency and democratic oversight
  • How contracts may be drawn up to be fit for purpose
  • The benefit of early engagement with stakeholders, and techniques for this
  • The role that Overview and Scrutiny can play in both the procurement process and commissioning
  • How contracts can be drawn up to include Cabinet and O&S’s rights to information and attendance at Cabinet and O&S meetings, in order to enhance accountability
  • How Cabinet can keep commissioning of services under review
  • How O&S can work with the Cabinet to obtain the community’s experience and views of contract performance, including feedback from service users
  • How O&S may challenge contract performance and maximise Member influence to achieve improvements in contract management and service delivery
  • How frontline councillors may share their experience of contracts that deliver services in their wards and/or divisions
  • Evaluation of commissioning through case studies
  • Action learning across participating authorities


Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB


7 November 2019


10:00 - 16:30 (Registration from 09:30, the event includes lunch)


EMC Local Authority Members - £175

EMC Associate Members - £210

Non-Member - £250

All costs subject to VAT.

How to book

To book a place on this event please use the online booking form below.  If you have any questions please contact or call 01664 502 637. 

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