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PROCUREMENT VITAL TO BEST VALUE

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Local authorities must review their existing procurement policies if best value is to succeed. That's the findings ...
Local authorities must review their existing procurement policies if best value is to succeed. That's the findings of a new report released by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA).

The free Best Value and Procurement: developing the local authorities code of practice offers advice and case studies which will help authorities to develop a understandable, useful and usable tool to underpin procurement decisions. The report advises that it would be sensible for authorities to develop such a code of practice at an early stage in their best value arrangements.

Case studies from a county council (Hertfordshire), a metropolitan district council (Leeds) and a London Borough (Newham) are included in order to illustrate different approaches. Full copies of these authorities' codes of practice, standing orders and supporting documentation can be purchased through the IDeA.

The report finds that much of the expertise for best value procurement already exists in central procurement units, social care purchasing teams and capital and regeneration units. However, it is very unlikely that existing decision making arrangements will provide a suitable framework for elected members or staff to deliver the kind of consumer-orientated, partner-friendly regime envisaged under best value.

The government's guidance emphasises the requirement for local authorities to review their procurement policies and develop new guidance for the future.

For the free report contact Emma Batcup on 020 7296 6607 or to purchase the case study authorities codes of practice etc (£300) contact the IDeA's publications unit on 020 7296 6523.

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