Pan-London partnership for PPE launched
A new pan-London partnership has been established to provide personal protective equipment or care homes and other frontline services.
Government to ramp up PPE supply
The Government has announced that it is ramping up its efforts to procure and produce personal protective equipment (PPE).
Subsidiary wins framework place
EDAROTH is to provide end-to-end development solutions across north and mid Wales as part of a £1bn housing framework.
How are councils responding the COVID-19 crisis?
CLES is collecting details of local authorities’ innovative and exceptional measures to support people through the COVID-19 crisis, says Neil McInroy.
Make payments to suppliers quickly, councils told
The Government has told the public sector to make payments to suppliers quickly to maintain cash flow and protect jobs amid the coronavirus crisis.
Districts call for 'more robust' audit procurement
District councils have called for a ‘more robust procurement process’ as an increasing number of auditors shift away from their tendered prices.
IfG: Extend outsourcing reforms to councils
Government reforms of outsourcing to avoid another Carillion collapse must be extended to local government where commercial skills lag behind Whitehall, a report from the Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank has said.
Climate Challenge - how is the public sector measuring up?
Jason Longhurst asks if the local government sector is genuinely leading on and investing in the climate challenge – ‘or resting on pledges and platitudes, with lists of words rather than actions’.
Council pays compensation to Amey after High Court challenge
West Sussex CC has paid £4m in compensation to Amey over a contested highways procurement process.
A wealth of benefits
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'
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?
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
Local government procurement showed no signs of flagging in 2019 as spending increased.
YPO agrees £50m Findel purchase
The public sector procurement company has struck a deal to buy rival Findel Education.
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
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
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
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’
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
Moves to overhaul procurement rules for public contracts have been met with scepticism.