To consider the Procurement Schedule for 2021/22.
The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder set out the Procurement Schedule and explained that the wide range of projects included on the Procurement Schedule allowed officers to conduct procurement without further authority on the projects as long as the Budget had also been approved. He also highlighted to Members a mistake whereby the report should refer to ‘2021/22’ not ‘2020/21’. He added that there were 119 projects listed, which were many more than there had been in previous years, and in part, reflected the delays caused by the pandemic. In concluding the report, the Portfolio Holder referenced the impact of Brexit on procurement rules.
The Chairman of the Committee drew concern to the number of items on the Procurement Schedule and asked if all items were necessary. The Chairman highlighted the importance to monitor the list due to the heavy schedule. The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder addressed this point, and elucidated that all the items were essential but noted that this concern would be highlighted to Cabinet.
Members drew attention to the South Lakeland House development, and suggested it may be prudent to hold some of this procurement back until future deals were secured, as there may need to be changes in relation to structures and the network.
The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder explained that this work was already under way. Advice was previously received which stated that even if the building was not to be used for local government, any refurbishments would make the building a lot more saleable. In addition, the Portfolio Holder noted that two floors would be let out to other organisations. The building would be in a position to be suitable for this Council, and any other successor Council.
RESOLVED – That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee:-
1) Considered the Procurement Schedule for 2020/21 attached at Appendix 1 and forward any comments to Cabinet for their consideration; and
2) note the changes to Procurement in line with Brexit.