Commissioning timelines 2018-2023

On 29th January, the SFGB Board met to agree a budget (subject to DWP and HMT approval) that will enable the continuation of debt advice funding and increase the number of people who can access free debt advice. At the same meeting the Board took the decision to stop the recent competitive tendering process for face-to-face debt advice in London and the North West.

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As the MAS commissioning team implement the new commissioning strategy from 2018, a phased approach will be adopted, which minimises disruption and helps facilitate transition to new ways of working.

The approach complements the introduction of a cyclical model of commissioning that will include ongoing review, horizon scanning, a test and learn approach, and a commitment to stable and managed continuous improvement.

A phased approach also allows potential new entrants to the market time to take account of and implement minimum requirements such as quality systems, relevant staff accreditation and regulatory compliance, so they are bid-ready.

MAS recognises that one size does not fit all and delivery models may need to vary locally to best meet client need.

To support this, we will migrate from the five face-to-face agreements that currently cover England, and commission services based on nine geographical regions (North East, North West, Yorkshire & Humber, West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, London, South East and South West).

At the conclusion of the analysis and planning stage, MAS will consider whether client needs would be best met through a further sub-regional approach.

Planning for digital and telephone provision will take place in the period up to April 2019 when the tendering process will begin for planned delivery from April 2020.

commissioning timelines

As the delivery plan shows, the first two commissioning projects are underway in London and the North West. The pages below give additional information on each project.

[Download the London and the North West Commissioning Information Pack] LINK TBC