Date Article
11th Jul 2019 Suspending an employee from work - issues to consider

The Court of Appeal recently held, in the case of The Mayor & Burgesses of the London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo, that there is no breach of the implied term of trust and confidence where there is reasonable and proper cause to suspend. Further, there is no test of "necessity" in relation to suspensions.

11th Jul 2019 Freedom of Information – vexatious and costly requests

Responding to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”) may be both time consuming and costly for public authorities to manage. The Act offers procedural exemptions under section 14, relating to repeat and vexatious requests; and section 12, relating to excessive costs. Whilst public authorities have historically been slow to refuse to respond to requests in reliance on either of those exemptions; three cases appealed to the Upper Tribunal (“UT”) last year should assist authorities in considering the appropriate response to those requests made under the Act that cause the greatest burden.

11th Jul 2019 College oversight in the era of insolvency

On 22 May 2019 Hadlow College became the first College to be placed into Education Administration following an application by the Secretary of State. Hadlow’s perils present a timely opportunity to review the provisions for the oversight of Colleges as set out in “College Oversight: Support and Intervention” published by the DfE on 1 April 2019. The strengthened regime builds on current arrangements whilst taking into account: the end of Exceptional Financial Support from March 2019; the end of the Restructuring Facility, which closed to new applications in September 2018; and the new college insolvency regime, which came into force in January 2019.

11th Jul 2019 New funding for further education will come with strings attached

Further education will need to contend with scrutiny from The Office for Students to access funding prescribed by The Augar Review, explains Martin Vincent, head of education at national law firm Weightmans.

11th Jul 2019 Tips for mitigating the risk of financial failure of your suppliers

Assessing your contract guidelines to ensure your institution is not left short by the financial shortfalls from your suppliers.

1st Mar 2019 A Journey of a CPC Procurement Apprentice

An interview with Jordan Robbins who has successfully completed his Level 3 Apprenticeship through our Procurement Apprentice scheme

15th Jan 2019 5 top tips for procuring energy

To help members get greater benefits and outcomes from their energy supply arrangements, we have developed 5 top tips.

9th Nov 2018 Local Authority Pension Transfers

This guidance is intended to provide Colleges or Academies with information relating to the transfer of employees (as part of a tender exercise) who are members of a Local Authority Pension Scheme.

9th Nov 2018 Four reasons all educational institutions should maximise print technologies

This article details four reasons why all educational institutions should adopt a smart approach to print.

11th Oct 2018 College mergers & pensions

The government’s post 16 area review programme required colleges to consider their future, with increasing encouragement to merge.

11th Oct 2018 Does an Employer have to enhance shared parental Pay?

The answer is still uncertain, the recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Capita Customer Management Limited v Ali provided welcome clarity on shared parental leave pay (“ShPP”).

11th Oct 2018 Proposals for ending sexual harassment at work

Recommendations have been recently announced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to tackle the problem of sexual harassment at work.

18th Oct 2018 E-tendering systems - is it now compulsory to use one?

All procurements that exceed the EU threshold must be conducted electronically post 18 October 2018.

3rd May 2018 12 months of CPC and Tenet Services

This year has flown by following the merger between CPC and Tenet. What a year it has been for the new group!

6th Apr 2018 Eight Top Tips for First Time Framework Users

We've compiled a list of handy hints for framework users...

1st Mar 2018 CPC Apprenticeship Scheme Interview

In October last year Crescent Learning launched an apprentice funding scheme to place 15 procurement apprentices in colleges across the country.

6th Feb 2018 How To Maximise The Number Of Quotations / Tenders From Suppliers

When establishing a framework, CPC carefully evaluate the number of suppliers that are given a place on each framework. This is a balance between the size of the supply market, choice for our members and enough suppliers to ensure a sufficient response to each request for quotation.

6th Feb 2018 What Is A Framework?

A framework is a contract awarded normally to several suppliers (usually 3 or more), although technically it could be awarded to a sole supplier.

6th Feb 2018 1st Blog Post – New Year, New CPC

Welcome to the first ever edition of the new CPC monthly blog.