New guidance by Pickles sets ‘fair standards’ for how councils treat voluntary groups & small businesses

Replacing what was previously 56pp of instructions on ‘best value’, communities minister Eric Pickles today published a new single-sheet guidance paper for central and local government which requires them to deal fairly in their funding decisions and procurement arrangements with voluntary groups, small businesses and residents.

This new guidance broadens the definition of ‘best value’ to include social and environmental value and introduces a ‘duty to consult’.

It also prohibits local authorities from passing on disproportionate funding cuts (i.e. of greater value than they themselves accept) to voluntary organisations and small businesses.

These measures, says Pickles, will enable local authorities to give practical expression to fostering big society objectives while at the same time promoting growth.

Third Sector Online covers the story here and the guidance can be downloaded here on the CLG website.

  1. Pauline Roche Reply

    Hi Alun

    A very useful article – thanks for the notification. I recommend people read both the CLG guidance and the Third Sector Online article, including the comments posted by readers.

    Thanks again – the usual excellent BSSEC service!

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