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Office for Civil Society publishes green paper on commissioning - 8 December 2010

But voluntary organisations only have until 5 January to give their responses to the paper that seeks views on public service contract bidding plans.

The Office for Civil Society has published a green paper on commissioning, calling for views on how the government can create a level playing field for voluntary organisations bidding for public service contracts.

Interested parties have until 5 January to respond to the Modernising Commissioning green paper, which does not contain specific new proposals, but instead seeks views on the government's current plans for action.

These include payment by results, setting targets for service delivery by independent providers, streamlining the procurement process and giving voluntary organisations a new 'right to challenge' local authorities when they think they can provide better services.

The consultation also asks for feedback on its plans to launch a new website called Contract Finder in March next year. The free site will host all central government tender documents and contracts.

To read the full article, visit the Third Sector website.