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Our approach to procurement

Find out about the Council's procurement processes.

Our approach to procurement

The Procurement Strategy outlines our strategic approach to procuring goods, works and services, people's responsibilities, how we intend to manage procurement in the future.

It is intended to regularly review the strategy, to monitor the progress we are making and set out new actions as required.

In addition to the strategy, we have a set of procurement rules, to complement the Financial Regulations and provide guidance to all staff and Members involved with procurement across the authority.

Rules and Regulations

As a local authority, there are regulations at a European, national and local level that we need to follow. These are summarised below:

European Rules

European Procurement Directives promote non-discriminatory and transparent competition and stipulate timescales that must be observed.

Where the estimated value of a contract is expected to exceed the relevant EC financial threshold, currently at £164,176 for goods and certain services, and £4,104,394 for public works contracts, it must be advertised in the Official Journal of The European Union (OJEU).

National Rules

The principles of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 apply at UK level. These guiding principles being equal treatment, non discrimination, transparency and proportionality.

Council Rules

The Council has its own contract and procurement procedure rules that regulate how we conduct our business. These rules govern how procurement of different values must be handled. They ensure that the process is based upon fair, transparent and open competition.

This page was last updated: 9 August 2017

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