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Procurement - 8 October 2009

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Procuement briefing - the top local government news and events in one place

TOP FOUR BRIEFINGS

Procurement and the Equality Bill

The Equality Bill, published earlier this year, enables councils to consider equality issues when making procurement decisions. The bill amends the Local Government Act 1988 to comply with the new Single Equality Duty, which will be binding on public authorities. (IDeA report)

Denham calls for smarter council procurement

Communities secretary John Denham has urged councils to pool resources to bulk buy goods and services. Following a meeting with the Local Government Association, Mr Denham said: “Councils need to recognise that creative purchasing is not simply ‘buying for less’ it is also about being innovative and shaping markets.” (LGCplus report)

Revision of the Public Procurement Remedies Directives

The European Union’s Public Procurement Remedies Directive comes into force later this year. The directive, which is designed to provide bidders with clear procedures for seeking redress in cases where they consider contracts have been unfairly awarded, has been approved by the European Parliament. (EU report)

No more ‘them and us’

Local authorities must set up monitoring regimes to provide early warnings of supplier stress, according to a report by Deloitte. No More Them and Us says authorities must establish procedures to be able to intervene in the event of a supplier emergency due to financial problems. (Deloitte report)

PROCUREMENT ROUND-UP

Initiatives

Guidance

Training

Events

Small Businesses in Public Procurement, Federation of Small Businesses, 14 October, Bracknell. www.fsb.org.uk

Driving Process Improvement and Efficiency in Supplier Relationships, Improvement East, 15 October, Peterborough. Contact: jayne.cole@eera.gov.uk

Partnerships, Innovation and Efficiencies in Highways, West Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Partnership, 29 October, Birmingham. Contact: kgordon@westmidlandsiep.gov.uk

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