Procurement and Social Firms: accessing reserved contracts

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Social Firms UK
2006
Social Firms UK

In January 2006 a new public sector procurement Directive – Article 19 – was introduced. This new provision gives contracting authorities the option to reserve contracts for organisations providing supported employment opportunities to disabled people. The Directive makes these provisions in Article 19 for ‘sheltered workshops’ or through ‘sheltered employment programmes’. The Office of Government Commerce (OGC), in consultation with bodies such as Department of Work and Pensions, Remploy, GMB and Job Centre Plus, interpreted these terms to the ones used in the UK of ‘supported factories and businesses’ which are the ones applied in the Directive in the UK.