Procurement

  • A wealth of benefits

    15 January 2020

    Community Wealth Building is too commonly seen as ‘local procurement’, but this seriously misses its breadth and potential impact, believes John Tizard.


  • 'One-fifth of audit contracts should be put back out to tender'

    14 January 2020

    The organisation responsible for appointing auditors should take away up to 20% of current contracts from existing suppliers and put them back out to tender, a top accountancy body has said.


  • How will Brexit impact UK public services?

    09 January 2020

    A area of primary concern for CIPFA is the lack of an economic impact assessment on the Prime Minister's Brexit deal, says Rob Whiteman - and without that we are 'flying blind'.


  • Annual local government procurement tops £23bn

    03 January 2020

    Local government procurement showed no signs of flagging in 2019 as spending increased.


  • YPO agrees £50m Findel purchase

    17 December 2019

    The public sector procurement company has struck a deal to buy rival Findel Education.


  • Changing places

    04 December 2019

    Paula Hewitt reports from a place leaders programme that offers the opportunity ‘to share, test ideas and draw on others’ knowledge.


  • Tory state aid proposals spark controversy

    02 December 2019

    Questions have been raised over plans to loosen state aid rules post-Brexit under a Conservative government.


  • Council spending powers to be restored to 2010 levels under Labour

    21 November 2019

    Labour would ‘reverse the Tory decade of austerity for local government’ and aim to restore council spending powers to 2010 levels by 2024 if elected.


  • The Market leaders

    19 November 2019

    Kevin Foster explains the purpose of the East Sussex Social Value Marketplace – an online platform that enables the public, private and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sectors to raise their needs so that contractors can respond.


  • Social value must be more than a ‘jumble sale’

    19 November 2019

    One of the challenges businesses often struggle with is how to deliver social value, writes Andrew O’Brien. He says there is also a danger that focusing too heavily on an exchange or marketplace leads to treating social value as a ‘jumble sale’.


  • Post-Brexit public procurement overhaul proposed

    08 November 2019

    Moves to overhaul procurement rules for public contracts have been met with scepticism.


  • Solace Summit: Birmingham steps up in race to prepare for Commonwealth Games

    16 October 2019

    Birmingham City Council has been praised for its role in preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.


  • Fair tax is the way forward

    29 September 2019

    Shining a light on fair tax is a responsibility Oxford City Council is pleased to take on, says Cllr Tom Hayes - and he is glad to see others signing up to the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration.


  • Taking a fresh approach to procurement

    24 September 2019

    Laura Church explains how Luton BC’s new procurement strategy will immediately benefit people in the town while the council develops other longer-term plans to eradicate poverty


  • Provider chosen for transparency code

    02 September 2019

    Technology provider Byhiras has been selected to develop a platform that will ensure asset managers comply with the local government pension scheme’s (LGPS) code of transparency.


  • Councils make social value procurement commitments

    23 August 2019

    More councils have committed to increasing the importance of social value within their procurement policies.


  • Is insourcing the default?

    20 August 2019

    The system needs recalibrating so there is a level playing field, rather than a major bias towards outsourcing in local government, argues Dan Corry.


  • Navigating Digital Transformation

    19 August 2019

    Lucy Woods at legal firm Ashfords shares her top tips for getting the best outcome from digital procurement.


  • It's time for us all to grasp the complexities of local places

    14 August 2019

    Lawrence Conway says that as we travel to an unknown point in time for our economy, our role as place shapers and leaders in our communities will be some of the essential ingredients in how successful our future will be as a district council.


  • Doubts over future of Kent councils' housing company

    18 July 2019

    The fate of a housing company established by four councils in Kent hangs in the balance after a catalogue of failings was uncovered.