Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 10 June 2022

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

10 June 2022

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Welcome to the merged NAG/SOPO newsletter for 10 June 2022. Feel free to circulate to your colleagues and/or suggest they sign up to the bulletin themselves. This newsletter is now delivered through our corporate service that handles all our various e-bulletins. Manage or create a subscription - previous bulletins can now be found here.

Procurement and supply chain

Levelling Up Fund round two: Frequently asked questions updated and technical teach-in slides

DLUHC updated the frequently asked questions document on the Levelling Up Fund Round two.

Earlier this month, DLUHC published the Levelling Up Fund (LUF) Round 2: technical teach-in slides which provide further information and context on the assessment criteria used for round two of the Levelling Up Fund and includes slides on monitoring and evaluation, building the economic case and deliverability.

The Levelling Up Fund is designed to invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK. The £4.8 billion fund will support town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets.

Request for information: Price Increase/Decrease Clauses

Bristol City Council are re-tendering a home to school transport contract and they wondering whether any other councils had any ideas/tips on controlling price creep from fuel cost increases and inflation and what’s the most appropriate mechanism for controlling this?

Initially they thought perhaps capping prices but we would want to benefit from fuel costs decreasing too.  If you can help please contact

Use of Russian technology products and services

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published a blog post on the use of Russian technology products and services following the invasion of Ukraine. It is advised that public sector organisations consider the risk around Russian controlled parts of their supply chain as part of overall business risk management. Alongside this it is also important to follow NCSC’s guidance on what to do when the threat is heightened and stay up to date with NCSC threat information. If you think you might be impacted by this or have any questions please contact

Senior Officer Leadership Training: Responding to the Climate Emergency 

This free programme will help senior council officers, across all services, to explore their crucial local leadership role in responding to the climate emergency. During the course, you’ll commit to two carbon reducing actions. These actions will be evaluated by the Carbon Literacy Project for you to be certified as carbon literate, enabling you to train others in your area of work. If you have any questions, you can read the frequently asked questions

Programme dates: September 27, 28, October 5, 6, November 16, 17, November 23, 24, December 6, 7, 14, 15

To sign up please complete the expression of interest form

Webinar blog: The Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool Updates and Scope 3 Emissions 

Over 180 people attended a webinar by Local Partnerships and the LGA to introduce some new guidance on Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas emissions and the latest updates to the free-to-use Local Partnerships LGA Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool.

Crown Commercial Service Procurement Essentials: How to run a further competition for your goods and services

This month’s Crown Commercial Service article, which are aimed at those who aren't procurement professionals but who have to buy things as part of their role, focuses on how to run a further competition for your goods and services.

Webinars and events

LGA Webinar - Embedding cyber resilience into local government supply chains 

18 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Virtual

The LGA is developing a suite of e-learning modules and web-based guidance, based on the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) principles and guidelines to increase awareness and cyber resilience throughout your supply chains.

The LGA will be hosting two webinars – the first will be introducing procurement officers and commercial teams to provide a foundational understanding of what the potential cyber risks in local government supply chains, taking the delegate through the procurement process and into managing the contract to;

  • Identify the cyber security risks within your supply chains, and third-party products and services
  • Identify what needs to be protected and why
  • Embed cyber security within procurement processes and supply chains
  • Develop mitigation strategies to protect local government organisations from cyber risks inherent in supply chains, and prepare for cyberattacks when they occur

Economic Growth roundtable - How can councils further develop digital skills in their local communities?   

Tuesday 19 July 2022, 10am-12pm | Virtual

This roundtable has been organised for officers working on Economic Growth and Development to share insights into how they are adapting their digital skills strategies to create a skills pipeline amongst the local population to meet the increasing demand from employers for more specialised digital skills. To book a place please complete the registration form. 

Children's Commissioning Conference 2022

23 & 24 June 2020

The Commissioners’ Conference is the event to share best practice from across commissioning with over 30 workshops focussed on informing & improving commissioning. Learning from colleagues who are doing the job and from cutting edge experts from across Children’s Services. Unique amongst the Annual conferences as it is organised by commissioners for commissioners

Essex County Council’s Social Value Fest 2022

18 – 21 July 2022 | Virtual

Essex County Council will hold its second social value festival aimed at organisations of any size, including charities, social and community enterprises across all sectors wishing to know more about social value. All the sessions will run online and are free of charge.

This year’s event is packed full of practical advice on how to approach social value and climate matters and will provide many examples that you can adopt or use to inspire your own ideas. It is suitable for organisations of any size and type and you will have the opportunity to speak to our experts about social value and climate.

Schools, colleges, universities, SMEs and charities too can find out what ECC’s suppliers are committing and how to access their offers such as careers advice, business advice and staff volunteering time.

CIPFA Special Summit: What next for public sector contracts? 

30 June 2022 | Leeds, in person 5 July 2022 | Central London, in person

Managing commercial arrangements with suppliers is critical to the success of public bodies and is a key driver in creating value for money from the public purse, improving public services and mitigating risk.

CIPFA's Procurement and Commissioning Network have teamed up to support organisations and practitioners alike in achieving the best value from contracts and help drive future efficiency savings.

These in-person Contract Management Summits will equip you with the necessary commercial and practical skills to reduce costs, improve outcomes and achieve better value for money.

CIPFA - Making construction procurements successful within public sector constraints

Tuesday 12 July 2022 - Zoom webinar

Are you overwhelmed when procuring construction projects?

Would you benefit from better understanding of terminology and procurement methods?

Are your contracts suffering from the impact of inflation?

The webinar will support heads of procurement, finance, procurement lawyers, project managers, auditors and contract managers who support the procurement, tendering and delivery of construction projects.


The LGA Procurement team manages a number of webpages dedicated for your needs – please contact if you want anything uploaded to our webpages.