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Procurement

Requested on
Tue 5th February, 2013
Reference
FOI 2690
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. What percentage of your local authority’s total procurement budget is spent on goods and services from suppliers and providers in the local authority area?

2. What percentage of your local authority’s total procurement budget is spent on goods and services from suppliers and providers based out of the local authority?

3. Do you use social value clauses in your procurement contracts? If so, in what percentage of contracts do you use social value clauses?

4. Do you believe that the Social Value Act will make it easier for you to take into consideration the wider social and economic benefits of contracts when awarding tenders?

5. Has your local authority ever faced legal action for a claimed breach of EU procurement laws?

6. Do you take into account issues such as whether suppliers pay the Living Wage and/or offer other non-statutory benefits to employees?

7. Do you take into account ethical procurement issues such as ‘Fairtrade’ status or Labour rights when procuring goods initially produced in developing countries?

8. Do you believe central government cuts to Local Government Finance will have a negative upon the ability of your council to take into account wider social value when awarding contracts?

Answer

1. What percentage of your local authority’s total procurement budget is spent on goods and services from suppliers and providers in the local authority area?
No information held

2. What percentage of your local authority’s total procurement budget is spent on goods and services from suppliers and providers based out of the local authority?
No information held
3. Do you use social value clauses in your procurement contracts? If so, in what percentage of contracts do you use social value clauses?
When appropriate but we have few contracts over the OJEU threshold (Only 1 contract was above the OJEU threshold in 2012/13)
4. Do you believe that the Social Value Act will make it easier for you to take into consideration the wider social and economic benefits of contracts when awarding tenders?
No information held

5. Has your local authority ever faced legal action for a claimed breach of EU procurement laws?
No

6. Do you take into account issues such as whether suppliers pay the Living Wage and/or offer other non-statutory benefits to employees?
No
7. Do you take into account ethical procurement issues such as ‘Fairtrade’ status or Labour rights when procuring goods initially produced in developing countries?
We take measures to ensure that suppliers meet national and international laws and requirements as appropriate.
8. Do you believe central government cuts to Local Government Finance will have a negative upon the ability of your council to take into account wider social value when awarding contracts?
No information held

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