Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 2 September 2022

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

2 September 2022

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Procurement and supply chain

LGA launches National Procurement Strategy 2022 and downloadable toolkit

We are delighted to announce that this week we have launched our refreshed National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England – and accompanying toolkit – to support local authorities of all types, sizes, up and down the country to maximise opportunities in their supply chains.

The strategy is launched at a time of grave economic pressures on councils. It emphasises delivering value and adding social value in procurement and supply chains. The role of procurement in local government remains pivotal in maximising opportunities and managing the challenges faced by our sector and our communities.

The strategy introduces new approaches, emphasises better use of data, greater collaboration to deliver value, and how to unlock even more benefits through social value, it also provides councils with an opportunity to continue measuring improvement.

Access the National Procurement Strategy 2022

Download the accompanying toolkit

Take part in our inflationary pressures survey by Tuesday 20 September

With the Bank of England recently forecasting inflation rates of over 10 per cent, we are looking to undertake a short piece of research to inform a series of inflationary pressures roundtables in the autumn. These will dive deeper into the issues, focusing on our main areas of spend and look at how we might tackle these issues and what we can collectively ask, as a sector, from central Government and our suppliers.

We are looking to gain any insight into whether these rises are due to delays in the supply chain due to scarcities, logistical and / or import issues or if they are price driven through excess demand. We would also like to hear from you about the increase in costs for any like-for-like contracts you’re in the process of letting and finally any impact to service that these supply chain issues and inflationary pressures are having.

The inflationary pressures survey (deadline Tuesday 20 September) should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The findings of the survey will provide the insight and inform the discussion of our inflationary pressures roundtable on Wednesday 28 September.

Social value statements – free support offer

A social value statement allows a council to communicate areas of focus for its social value activity, operational procedures, successes and future ambitions. We are offering the opportunity for 12 councils to take part in our programme of bespoke support and guidance on social value statements, delivered in collaboration with Social Value Portal. Each participating council will receive:

  • tools, templates and best practice examples
  • three two-hour, facilitated online workshops (see below).

Workshop 1 – 12 or 13 October | Social Value Maturity Index (SVMI)
Workshop 2 – 23 or 24 November | Social value action plan
Workshop 3 – 8 or 9 February | Social value statement

A dedicated programme manager from Social Value Portal will be assigned to each council to guide you through the process. We encourage you to contact us at with expressions of interest. Successful applicants will be expected to be available to attend all three sessions.

Embedding cyber resilience in local government supply chains – new LGA resources and e-learning course

With the cyber threat landscape continually evolving, and an increased demand for digital public and corporate services, councils face a variety of challenges in developing ever stronger cyber secure and resilient procurement practices. The LGA has developed a suite of guidance and e-learning modules to help embed cyber security and cyber resilience into our supply chains.

Cyber resilience guidance

Cyber resilience e-learning course

Webinars and events

Sustainable procurement webinar (LGA)
Tuesday 13 September, 10.00am–11.30am | Zoom

Procurement to partnership – your questions answered (E3M webinar)
Wednesday 21 September, 2.00pm–3.00pm | Zoom

BHTA Integration and Sustainability Conference
Thursday 22 September, 9.30am–3,45pm | The Tower Hotel, St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LD

Local government procurement – inflationary pressures roundtable (LGA)
Wednesday 28 September, 12.30pm–2.00pm | Zoom

Procuring and Supplying Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) Unconference
Wednesday 12 October, 10.00am–4.00pm | techUK, 10 Saint Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD


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