Will the consortium take my existing contract?

The consortium per se is not a provider in its own right.  Instead it will simply build on the track records of existing frontline providers in the voluntary sector. 

The consortium will be about trying to safeguard and strengthen the existing contracted provision within frontline providers where this meets clear community need and best value principles.  However, the local authority (or another commissioner) may decide to change its commissioning strategy (e.g. by bundling lots of small contracts into a single, larger contract) and it may only be possible to accommodate this (e.g. bidding for larger contracts) via the consortium structure.