The Scottish Sub – Committee of the Federation met on 25th October 2019. The well attended and busy meeting had a lot to consider.
The continuing development of the new bereavement environment, driven by the ongoing implementation of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016, generates a lot of discussion. The legislative changes in Scotland provide an insight to what could happen in England and Wales when the Law Commission commence their work to review the legal framework.
In addition to a wide ranging discussion the meeting received a presentation from Martin Street of Rose Project Management on the importance of procurement. It is important to recognise that decisions made at the outset of large contracts can have implications for many years. For example, cremators and abatement plant are purchased on, approximately a 20 year cycle, so any failure to procure what is required will have to be lived with for decades.
It is important to seek professional advice, either from within your organisation or externally and whilst this will come at a cost, as the American oil fire fighter Red Adair said, ‘If you think it is expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur!’
The next meeting of the Scottish Sub-Committee will be on 20th March 2020.
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