Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 21 October 2022

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

21 October 2022

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Procurement and supply chain

Sustainable procurement webinar (blog)

In September, we hosted a webinar on sustainable procurement which introduced our National Energy Category Strategy for Local Government 2022 – energising procurement. The strategy has been designed to support councils to optimise the way they procure and manage energy in today’s markets, focusing on the wide range of economic, environmental and social opportunities available to them. Webinar attendees also learned about Oxford City Council’s unique dynamic purchasing system and the Confederation of British Industry's (CBI's) private sector perspective on how suppliers are working with councils to improve socio-economic and environmental outcomes. Our blog on our sustainable procurement webinar provides a full rundown of the event.

LGA submission to Government's Medium-Term Fiscal Plan

The LGA submission to the Government's Medium-Term Fiscal Plan sets out three broad priority areas that need an immediate response, all of which have an effect on what we procure. These are:

  • council cost pressures
  • supporting people (adult social care, children’s services and cost of living)
  • growing sustainable places (economic growth and achieving net zero).

It also details the difficulties for smaller businesses, inflationary and energy cost pressures, the effect of the National Minimum Wage and the recruitment and skills shortages that we are all encountering.

Local Resilience Forum Innovation Fund 2022/23 prospectus

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has published the prospectus for the Local Resilience Forum (LRF) Innovation Fund. LRFs are multi-agency partnerships made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services, councils, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others. The LRF Innovation Fund aims to test ideas for potential new ways of working to support the adoption of a whole of society approach to resilience. The prospectus includes information about the funding scheme and the expression of interest survey. From Friday 11 November, it will be updated to include the application form, application guidance and assessment criteria.

Training and development

Cabinet Office Markets, Sourcing and Suppliers Team 'knowledge drop' training – dates and information

The Cabinet Office is running a series of online training sessions over the next few months – knowledge drops, deep dives and other training sessions.

Knowledge drops are trainer-led, interactive sessions that raise awareness of key policy areas. These sessions are not just aimed towards procurement and commercial staff but are open to colleagues across the various functions who may benefit from wider knowledge and understanding. Attending a knowledge drop will count towards the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Deep dives are open to those in central and local government departments and offer more detailed training on individual policies.

Upcoming events include:

There is also an accompanying sourcing policy training brochure which gives a more in-depth overview of the Cabinet Office's free support offer which includes training sessions, such as those listed above, as well as e-learning modules (accessible to all) at Government Commercial College. To request a PDF copy of the brochure please email

CIPS applied learning route to MCIPS

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) is currently accepting applications for the CIPS online applied learning programme – successful completion of which delivers full 'Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS)' status. In this alternative to the examination route, participants are assessed via assignment and project work and the entire content is delivered in online, virtual sessions. Two programmes cover the syllabus for CIPS Level 4 (Practitioner) and Levels 5 and 6 (Advanced Practitioner). Assessment is via assignments and a project at Advanced Practitioner level.

CIPS is also offering combined access to its membership and CIPS Digital Academy packages – giving you membership and bite-sized learning on the eight major procurement topics through podcasts, e-learning, tutorials, white papers, videos and discussion forums. This enables your organisation to develop consistency in knowledge and skills and helps to reduce supply chain risk across your organisation. If you feel this route to professional MCIPS accreditation is right for you, or for further information on all of the CIPS offers, please email

Webinars and events

Modern Slavery Scorecard for Local Authorities launch event
Thursday 17 November, 6.00pm–7.30pm
In person at Middle Eight Hotel, 66 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5BX
or register for the online event

The Sourcing Playbook – autumn webinar series
Every Tuesday lunchtime from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, 6 November–6 December

Regional retrofit action planning
Tuesday 6 December, 10.00am–11.30am | Zoom


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