Kier dropped from major infrastructure project
The construction firm’s role in the King’s Dyke crossing project has ended following discussions with Cambridgeshire CC and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
Council backs campaign for procurement reform
Oxford City Council has become the first authority to back a fair tax campaign.
Use Brexit to rewrite public sector procurement rules
A new paper from the New Local Government Network (NLGN) says Brexit should be used as an opportunity to rewrite procurement rules to put communities at the heart of commissioning.
Unchaining social value
A new report reveals some councils are building social value into their procurement – but that senior council decision makers must take more interest in securing broader benefits when commissioning services. Hiba Mahamadi investigates
Police looking at new fraud allegations at West Dunbartonshire
New information concerning alleged fraudulent activity at West Dunbartonshire Council has been passed to police.
Social value should be compulsory, Lords suggest
Incorporating social value into financial decision-making should be compulsory for councils, it has been suggested in a House of Lords debate.
Calm after the Carillion storm
After the collapse of Carillion greater oversight and impartiality are vital in ensuring the outsourcing model is fit for the future, says chief executive of Scape Group Mark Robinson.
Councils urged to consider social value more strategically
Local authorities should assign a senior leadership role focused on delivering social value at both an operational and political level, a new report suggested today.
Councillors urge London borough to 'change mind-set' on procurement
Greenwich LBC has been pressed to ‘change its mind-set’ in procurement by its members as it overhauls its policies.
Council rejects returning to misconduct claims
West Dunbartonshire Council has rejected taking action against officers accused of misconduct despite being urged to reconsider by an audit watchdog.
Aberdeen breached procurement laws, audit finds
A city council breached procurement laws and may have spent public money on contracts without proper authorisation, an audit has found.
LGA holds meets with critical sector suppliers
The Local Government Association (LGA) has opened talks with ‘strategic’ suppliers in a bid to mitigate the fallout from a future Carillion-style collapse.
Report calls for outsourcing reform - but warns against ban
Government needs private firms and charities to deliver public services but should improve the rules for outsourcing, a think tank has said.
EXCLUSIVE: Frustration mounts on Brexit legislation list
Frustration is growing as the Government stalls on requests to provide a comprehensive list of secondary legislation affecting councils that needs to pass before Brexit.
Government shirks Brexit procurement overhaul
Hopes for an overhaul of procurement rules after Brexit appear to have been dashed.
Councils issue joint tender
Bexley and Bromley LBCs have joined forces to invite tenders for the running of their revenue and benefits services.
The public and private sector must work together to deliver social value
Too many buyers, in both the public and the private sectors, still see social value as a ‘box-ticking exercise’, says Su Pickerill - and she believes this mind-set has to change if we are to achieve real reform.
Matter of facts
Preston City Council has an ethical procurement programme aimed at harnessing wealth within the city and the wider county - and a number of councils across the UK are now interested in the approach, says Tamar Reay.
Big audit firms may quit market
Larger audit firms may quit the local government market in the long-term, an independent review has found.
Lawyers call for post-Brexit procurement rule changes
Legal experts have added their weight to calls for changes to procurement rules after Brexit.