Decision Maker: Council
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
Procurement Strategy 2021-2026 updated to
relect the Council Plan
Councillor Andrew Jarvis, Deputy Leader and Finance and Assets Portfolio Holder, reported that the Council’s previous Procurement Strategy had been a combined Sustainable Commissioning and Procurement Strategy which has since been separated into two separate documents, the Commissioning Strategy having been approved by Council in 2020, with the Procurement Strategy as a companion piece.
The pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic had reinforced the requirement for the Council to seek Value for Money from their procurement process as well as accountability over being fair and transparent with any invitations to tender. Furthermore, the Strategic Council Plan Priorities meant that there was a shift toward a holistic view of the outcomes of procurement, taking into account sustainability, net carbon neutrality and localism.
Councillor Jarvis informed Members that the Strategy had been reviewed by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 9 July 2021. The Committee had asked for a report on progress in twelve months’ time, particularly around the need for understanding on what success looked like in terms of Social Value and how this would be measured. The report had also been through Cabinet on 21 July 2021 and recommended to Council for approval.
Councillor Jarvis expressed thanks to the Procurement Specialist for her work on the Strategy and moved the recommendation contained within the report. He was seconded by Councillor Dyan Jones, Climate Action and Biodiversity Portfolio Holder.
Support was expressed for the Strategy and the encouragement of consideration of environmental and social values in procurement, although a desire for strengthening of this aspect was raised. Councillor Jarvis explained that whilst the Council was only able to encourage addressing of these aspects within submissions, the important thing was how they were taken into consideration by the Authority in the tendering process. Councillor Jarvis confirmed that carbon impact was also addressed within the Strategy.
It was unanimously
RESOLVED – That the Procurement Strategy 2021-2026 attached at Appendix 1 to the report be approved.
Report author: Gillian Flowers
Publication date: 13/08/2021
Date of decision: 27/07/2021
Decided at meeting: 27/07/2021 - Council