Did you know you have a dedicated Account Executive for all your procurement needs?

Here at Consortium Procurement we have a team of three Account Executives, whose role is to assist you with anything you may need from us. Whether it is further information on a framework, a question on procurement processes or to come along and meet with you to discuss how we can help, they are always available.

Every one of our Account Executives covers a specific geographic area of the United Kingdom and looks after organisations in the following areas.

  • Alistair Merchant – County Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Merseyside, Cheshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Berkshire, Somerset, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Wales
  • Sam Walton – Tyne and Wear, Cumbria, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Greater Manchester, Norfolk, Suffolk, South East, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, East Sussex
  • Tony Robinson covers – Teesside, Lancashire, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, London, Bedfordshire

Please don’t hesitate to contact them, should you require any information or would you like to arrange a meeting to see how Consortium Procurement can help you.

You can get in touch with them via telephone or email:

  • Alistair Merchant

0191 566 1039 / 07568106238 / alistair.merchant@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

  • Sam Walton

0191 566 1036 / 07568106239 / sam.walton@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

  • Tony Robinson

0191 566 1025 / 07568109486 / tony.robinson@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

Please circulate this information to colleagues within you organisation who may find it useful, however we will be sending a further email in due course with more details on how we can help you.

Your Account Executive will be in touch directly over the next few weeks to introduce himself.

NHC supports DCLG announcement – Government will not proceed with compulsory income based rents (”pay to stay”)

Since the Housing and Planning Bill came into being the NHC has sought to work constructively with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to ensure it fully understood the issues that could arise from the “pay to stay” policy. The civil servants we engaged with were always keen to hear the views of NHC members and we thank them for the time they gave us.

We are pleased that CLG officials and Ministers have taken the views of our members on board in reaching this decision not to proceed with the policy as originally intended. The NHC remains committed to working with our members and relevant government departments to provide constructive feedback on policy impacts and have secured policy change on the back of this engagement. Our members value these opportunities with civil servants and we will continue to work collaboratively across our membership to ensure the concerns and ambitions of housing in the North are recognised and supported.

To read the full announcement from DCLG, please click here.

The NHC Releases Second Universal Credit Impact Report

The Northern Housing Consortium has today released its ‘Impact of Universal Credit, Round 2’ report. The second in a series of four (read here), this report builds on the results of the first report published in July (read here). The research investigates how the implementation and continuing rollout of Universal Credit is affecting housing organisations in the north.

This new update collects trend data and draws comparisons between the full survey results with the returned data from North West housing provider respondents to ascertain whether working with the Universal Credit (UC) system for a longer time affects respondents’ experiences of the system. Some of the key findings from the Round 2 report are:

  • More than a third of the respondents said that tenants had terminated their own tenancy as a direct result of UC
  • Almost all organisations that debit tenants’ rent account in advance found UC payment in arrears caused them difficulties
  • 5% of organisations have introduced credit reference checks to prospective tenants as a result of UC implementation
  • 9% of respondents have experienced delays in processing UC claims

The NHC will continue to use its findings to engage with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officials through the NHC’s roundtable programme to raise members’ concerns and experiences. The NHC will work with DWP to make the new system as smooth as possible for tenants, housing providers and DWP alike.

Future rounds of the survey will be announced in the NHC eZine but there is also a dedicated contact list for anyone interested in taking part in the project. To ensure you are able to participate in future rounds, please contact Barry Turnbull, Policy Services Officer at barry.turnbull@northern-consortium.org.uk.

Procurement of TECS – a look ahead tweet chat

Join us on Friday, 18th November between 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Following a successful first tweet chat we hosted in June prior to the biggest housing event of the year – the CIH Housing Conference, we have our second one planned for Friday, 18th November at 12:30pm.

We are excited to invite assisted living providers, digital health providers, procurement and housing professionals and influencers in the market as well as others interested in the rapid advance of technology in health to join the conversation.

We have titled this second tweet chat: Procurement of TECS – a look ahead as we will be discussing how TECS is currently being procured as well as ways the industry could improve its approaches. We have prepared three questions to form the basis of our tweet chat:

Q1: Many believe public sector TECS purchasing to be unconnected, uncompetitive and often non-compliant. What are your thoughts?

Q2: How can the industry improve how TECS is commissioned and procured?

Q3: What do you anticipate your future needs being in terms of assisted living/TECS?

You can join or follow the tweet chat using #CPTECs.

Looking forward to tweeting with you! Join the conversation at lunchtime on Friday 18 November 2016!