In the first nine months of this year the DoE punished nine councils for anti competitive practices in tendering an...
In the first nine months of this year the DoE punished nine councils for anti competitive practices in tendering and challenged a further 17 to explain their behaviour. The DoE has also taken sanctions against nine councils for financial failure. Another 80 councils have been asked to account for the failure of their direct labour organisations to make the required rate of return on capital employed. The DoE published the information last week, saying it proposed to issue regular update reports.
Under compulsory competitive tendering legislation the DoE can issue a notice ordering a council to explain any financial failure by its DSO or answer complaints of anti competitive behaviour in the tendering process.
If the explanation fails to satisfy the DoE, it can issue a direction ordering the council to retender a contract or close its DSO. The figures published this week do not show how many of the councils issued with notices are still under investigation nor how many of them have heard that the DoE intends to take no further action.