Cash-strapped Councils offered new route to securing schools, homes and healthcare

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£3bn Social Infrastructure Development framework unveiled

 A new chapter in public sector procurement

 A brand new framework that will deliver up to £3bn of public sector investment has been launched today in Edinburgh. The Social Infrastructure Development (SID) framework will be used to deliver projects that span the public sector, from schools and housing through to police stations and care homes.

SID marks a new chapter in public sector procurement, and responds directly to the combined challenge of creaking public services and the growth in expensive-to-maintain surplus public assets.

Brought to market by NPS Group and Cornerstone Assets, SID provides public bodies with an additional way to procure social infrastructure, at no cost to the public purse, bringing together the best of what the public and private sectors have to offer in the interests of local people.

Mike Britch, Managing Director of NPS Group said:

“I’m excited to launch the Social Infrastructure Framework in Scotland. Open to all public bodies and charities, as well as enabling our clients to build new assets or improve existing ones, the benefits stretch much further by bringing local employment, local spend and client driven community initiatives.

“Also joining us at the launch today are our Framework Members Bouygues UK, CCG, Morgan Sindall, Wates and Willmott Dixon who between them offer an unrivalled breadth of experience in building infrastructure projects.”

Tim Byles, CEO of Cornerstone Assets said:

“SID both celebrates and champions local democracy. It will support Scottish councils in what they do best – being innovative and agile in providing the services and facilities that local communities want and need. Instead of having to rely on Government handouts – be that new homes, new care facilities, or new school places – cash—strapped councils will be able to take matters into their own hands, and commission the services they need.

“We are already engaged with around a third of councils in Scotland and are very encouraged by the response so far. We welcome the opportunity to work together to deliver the social infrastructure that communities across the country need.”

The launch in Edinburgh was attended by representatives from across the public sector.

Media queries to: amy.leonard@denfordassociates.com

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