Agenda and minutes
Overview and Scrutiny Ethical Procurement and Contract Management Sub Group
Thursday, 13th September, 2018 2.00 pm
Venue: Council Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension
Contact: Mike Williamson
To receive the minutes of the Ethical Procurement Subgroup on 7 June 2018.
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 7 June 2018.
Report of the Executive Director of Planning and Operations, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning
This report provides an update on the development of the approach to delivery of social value within the new health and social care arrangements, including information on the proposed outcomes of the Local Care Organisation framework and how social value is being delivered under these arrangements.
The Subgroup considered a report of the Executive Director of Planning and Operations, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) that provided an update on the development of the approach to the delivery of social value within the new health and social care arrangements. In recognition of the importance of embedding social value within the transformation of the health and social care system in the city, MHCC had funded a post to develop a draft inclusion and social value strategy which would set out social value priorities across both MHCC and the Manchester Local Care Organisation (MLCO).
Key to the development of this strategy had been the opportunity to share resources across MHCC and the constituent parts of the MLCO with a focus on using social value as an enabler to reduce both health and workforce inequalities.
Officers referred to the main points and themes within the report which included:-
· A description of the MHCC and MLCO draft Inclusion and Social Value Strategy;
· Progress on deriving social value through commissioning and procurement; and
· The MHCC approach to ‘in-house’ social value delivery.
Some of the key points that arose from the Groups discussions were:-
· Was the draft five year MHCC and MLCO inclusion and social value strategy available for comment;
· Clarification was sought on NHS arrangements for commissioning budgets that were spent on contracts which were negotiated on a year by year basis;
· When would the Manchester Local Care Organisation (MLCO) adopt a procurement and commissioning function;
· How appropriate was it to use zero hour contracts and how would these be monitored;
· In regard to Homecare workers what was being done to support and encourage Trade Union representation;
· Clarification was sought on what ‘local’ meant for employment opportunities;
· What was being done to promote and develop BAME staff within the work force and address institutional barriers;
· Commissioners should also include Modern Day Slavery as a criteria when evaluating and awarding contracts;
· Whilst welcoming the report and the activities described, future reports to the Subgroup needed to include an analysis of outcomes and what had been achieved through this approach;
· Noting that that the Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee had recommended that the Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources ensures that Manchester City Council achieved accreditation as a Living Wage Employer; and
· Noting that the commissioning of services locally and employing local employees would also deliver health and environmental benefits.
The Executive Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing informed the Subgroup that the establishment of MHCC represented a partnership approach across the city to improve the health outcomes for residents. She said that the Council had an established social value policy to its procurement and commissioning function. She said that health partners in MHCC had demonstrated that they had begun and continued to incorporate and align this approach and ethos into their systems. She said that when the draft five year MHCC and MLCO inclusion and social value strategy and delivery plan was available to be shared this would be provided to ... view the full minutes text for item 2.
Report of the City Treasurer
This report informs Members of the legal position in respect of considering social and environmental requirements in public procurement.
The Chair expressed her considerable disappointment at the content of the report that had been submitted for consideration, and that nobody had attended the meeting to introduce the report or answer any questions from the Group.
The Chair recommended that the Group defer consideration and to recommend that the Chair write to the Chief Executive, the Head of Legal Service and the Leader to express the disappointment of the Group.
1. Agrees to defer consideration of this item; and
2. Recommends that the Chair write to the Chief Executive, the Head of Legal Services and the Leader to express the disappointment of the Group.
Report of the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit
To consider a proposed work programme for the remainder of Sub Group meetings for 2018/19. In considering the work programme the Sub Group will be advised of a number of high level MCC contracts that it may wish to review at future meetings.
The Subgroup were invited to consider and agree the work programme. The Chair recommended that she would review the Work Programme following discussions with officers. The Members agreed this recommendation.
The Subgroup agree the Work Programme, subject to any amendments agreed by the Chair following discussions with officers.