Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
CCS launches FM Marketplace framework agreement
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has launched the Facilities Management Marketplace agreement - the first agreement under the new, simplified Public Sector Contract.
Giving the public sector access to a wide range of suppliers for their facilities management requirements, the deal is expected to save public bodies up to 10 per cent on the cost of procuring facilities management services like cleaning, maintenance, security and catering. The agreement will cover expenditure of up to £12 billion over the next four years.
In total, 47 companies have been awarded places across three value-banded lots. The winning bidders include 10 small and medium-sized enterprises, bringing diversity and competition into the market for public sector contracts.
John Kenny, CCS deputy director for Workplace, said: “The launch of the FM Marketplace allows the public sector to buy a wide range of facilities management services from the very best suppliers the market has to offer, all at competitive and sustainable prices.”