Archives for August 6th, 2004

COST CUTTING BY E-AUCTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 August, 2004

Using an electronic e-auction, councils in West Yorkshire selected a supplier a for a contract worth in the region of £400,000 from four bidders. The councils who shared in the procurement are Wakefield, Kirklees, Doncaster and Calderdale. Unlike the bids on the popular “eBay” website the purpose of this e-auction was to drive prices down, not up.The e-auction process involves suppliers competing in real time by bidding lower as the auction unfolds. e-auctions disclose the lowest price for each potential supplier, but they are not about price alone and other factors, such as quality and delivery, can be taken into account. They comply with the EC Directives on procurement.

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CASH FOR QUALITY OF LIFE IMPROVEMENTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 August, 2004

Voluntary and community organisations with projects aimed at creating cleaner, safer and greener communities are invited to apply for funding from the 2.5 million pounds Special Grants Programme. The new round of funding will support innovative projects that seek to improve the quality of life in towns and cities as well as to share evidence of what works in quality improvement.The Special Grants Programme funds a diverse range of projects including community groups working to improve green spaces, improving the quality of credit unions in deprived areas and creating ‘zero carbon and zero waste’ communities. There will also be funds for encouraging faith organisations to participate in neighbourhood renewal, for transforming disused industrial buildings into living and working spaces and for increasing opportunities for community involvement among young people.

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Community Care Development – A New Concept

Features, PublicNet: 6 August, 2004

By Deborah Quilgars Community care is normally delivered by individuals to individuals. The author describes a pilot project to involve people in need of care in a community setting and to provide the care on a community basis. The project revealed opportunities for networking with other community groups and with agencies not previously involved. It also gave access to funding. Moving away from an individual to a community view of care brings new perspectives as well as immediate benefits.

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