Procurement Policy and Regulation

Procurement Strategy 2019 to 2024

The Procurement Strategy explains how we will continue to develop and benefit from the professional expertise of our Procurement and Commercial Services team over the next five years and the systems they use to make sure Leeds City Council delivers on its value of ‘spending money wisely'.

We believe ‘spending money wisely’ is about more than efficiency, savings and managing risk. For example, the council spent in excess of £800 million during 2017-18 on the procurement of its goods, works and services. That level of spending each year can have a massive influence on the big issues that face the city, as outlined in the Best Council Plan and city strategies for Inclusive Growth and Health and Wellbeing.

We have identified five areas of focus which we feel will have the biggest impact on supporting the city’s aims and ambition. These areas of focus include the two which have been the cornerstones of our success in recent years and build on these with three more designed to get the most ‘social value’ from our spending power, supporting a thriving city that truly cares about its people.

Our five areas of focus:

  1. value for money and efficiency
  2. governance – legal compliance and managing risk
  3. social value and the Foundation Living Wage
  4. commercial opportunities
  5. supplier engagement and contract management

Full details of our plans in these areas can be viewed in the strategy page.

Contract Procedure Rules

Leeds City Council's Contract Procedure Rules (CPRs) are the procedures dictating the way in which procurement (purchasing) should be carried out within the council. These were last updated in July 2019.

The procedure rules:

  • are essential to help staff to stay within the law and council policy
  • apply to all contracts for the provision of goods, works or services whether a competitive tender is involved or not
  • set out the particular way in which procurement activity should be carried out giving consideration to the value of the contract and the implications of this
  • set out how records of procurement activity, any resulting contract(s) (if applicable) and any associated reports, waivers or approvals should be retained and legally for how long
  • reflect the council's new ambition and strategy for procurement
  • encompass the many laws that govern procurement within the UK as well as EU Public Procurement Directives

View the full details on our contracts procedure rules page.

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