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At its meeting on 6 May 2009, the Local Government and Communities Committee agreed to hold two evidence sessions on home care services for the elderly.  The Committee wanted to look at the tendering methods used by local authorities in the procurement of social care services, with a focus on e-bidding/e-auctioning. In doing so, some of the areas the Committee wanted to look at were:

  • How does the process work;
  • Was the process intended to be used for services such as care for the elderly;
  • What are the differences in cost between in-house and outsourced and how are these costs made up;
  • What are the agreed standards of care to be provided;
  • What engagement is there with the people for whom services are provided before the decision is taken to outsource or change provider;
  • How are services monitored and evaluated.

Written Evidence

The Local Government and Communities Committee received written evidence on Home Care Services for the Elderly from various organisations.

Oral Evidence

The Committee took evidence from Community Care Providers Scotland, Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and City of Edinburgh Council on 3 June 2009.

At its meeting on 10 June 2009, the Committee took evidence from Scottish Care at Home, Independent Living Services, Social Work Inspection Agency and the Care Commission.


Future work

The Committee agreed to consider in January 2010, good practice guidance on the re-tendering of social care contracts that has been issued by the Scottish Government to local authorities, and to decide whether it wishes to take evidence.

Revised Guidance

The Scottish Government published revised draft guidance on social care procurement on 25 January 2010 and the Committee considered it at its meeting on 24 February 2010.


Completed Business of the committee