Effective procurement, underpinned by commissioning, has never been more important for local government. Increasing demand for public services and decreasing resources are driving councils to improve productivity and efficiency to deliver better outcomes for local people.
'Transforming Public Procurement' programme and the Procurement Bill – update and guidance documents
Following the appointment of a new Cabinet Office ministerial team, dates for the resumption of the Procurement Bill’s passage through the House of Lords have now been confirmed. Committee stage sittings were held on Monday 24 and Wednesday 26 October 2022. The Bill will now pass to the report stage, followed by the third reading stage, before moving to the House of Commons later in the autumn.
National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England 2022 and downloadable toolkit
Our refreshed National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England – and accompanying toolkit – have been designed to support local authorities of all types, sizes, up and down the country to maximise opportunities in their supply chains.
The strategy is launched at a time of grave economic pressures on councils. It emphasises delivering value and adding social value in procurement and supply chains. The role of procurement in local government remains pivotal in maximising opportunities and managing the challenges faced by our sector and our communities.
The strategy introduces new approaches, emphasises better use of data, greater collaboration to deliver value, and how to unlock even more benefits through social value, it also provides councils with an opportunity to continue measuring improvement.
National Energy Category Strategy for Local Government 2022 – energising procurement
We've designed this strategy to help local authorities optimise the way they manage energy. It includes good practice examples and case studies related to all areas of local government energy procurement.
Modern slavery in local government supply chains
To accompany existing guidance on modern slavery statements, our guidance and procedures on identifying modern slavery in local government supply chains provides practical advice on how to draft your modern slavery statement – what to include, where to publish your statement, how to avoid common pitfalls, and practical procedural suggestions for carrying out supply chain due diligence.
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