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There are 13 active Procurement Efficiency Initiative consortia operating throughout England that were established with grant support from the now closed Social Housing Efficiency Programme.
They have a combined core membership of 161 social landlords which include housing associations, stock retaining local authorities and arm’s length management organisations. In addition an increasing number of other social landlords are using the consortia for one off services not covered by their own arrangements.
The original focus of the consortia was the Decent Homes Programme but the organisations have since broadened their scope to cover areas such as day-to-day repairs, training provision, planned maintenance, environmental retrofit, and new build frameworks.
In total, as at August 2012; the 13 consortia involving 161 social landlords as members, saw the total efficiency savings reported rising by 17% in real terms to £342m -This represents 16% of the cumulative reported spend to date of £2102m.
The HCA has been working with the consortia to improve their sustainability through promoting social and community benefits through targeted local employment, skills training and capacity building initiatives, and by working in partnership with local/regional agencies and stakeholders.
Economic gains are also articulated showing improvements in supply chain management and engaging with SMEs. There has also been a focus on environmental stewardship by reducing the environmental impact of their procurement activities.
During the next year we will work with consortia to:
Continue to bring the organisations together on a quarterly basis to share best practice, identify common issues, and develop inter-consortia working.
The current geographical distribution of the consortia is set out below:
HCA currently works with the above partners and has provided external web links for information only. HCA accepts no liability resulting from the use of the providers listed.
It should be noted that other procurement consortia are also available.