Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 28 October 2022

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

28 October 2022

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Procurement and supply chain

'Transforming Public Procurement' programme and the Procurement Bill – update and guidance documents

Following the appointment of a new Cabinet Office ministerial team, dates for the resumption of the Procurement Bill’s passage through the House of Lords have now been confirmed. Committee stage sittings were held on Monday 24 and Wednesday 26 October 2022. The Bill will now pass to the report stage, followed by the third reading stage, before moving to the House of Commons later in the autumn.

Although the new regime will not come into force until late 2023 at the earliest, and following a six-month advance preparation period, councils can start planning now to ensure they are ready to take advantage of the new regime with the help of two new guidance documents:

Follow our updates on the Procurement Bill

Fuel disruption guidance 

After concerns being raised by social care providers around fuel disruptions, we have been working with the Care Providers Alliance to develop a short guidance document – Responding to fuel supply disruption: supporting the social care sector – that clarifies:

  • the national emergency plan for fuel
  • the extremely limited circumstances in which councils can apply legal tools in relation to fuel access.

The document also sets out a range of good practice approaches that councils, Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) and the social care sector can apply to their business continuity measures and in responding to any future fuel shortages.

National Electric Vehicle Insight and Strategy (NEVIS) – resource for councils

With funding from Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) – and as part of the national Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) scheme's 'fund support body' role – the National Electric Vehicle Insight and Strategy (NEVIS) is now available to all local authorities. Please note, users will need to register first. NEVIS provides councils with reliable, independent, up-to-date information about electric vehicles (EVs) and EV infrastructure. Delivered by CENEX, registration and use is free for English councils until March 2025.

The resource includes an Insights Toolkit which provides essential quantitative information to support EV infrastructure strategy formation and delivery, including projected EV uptake, future demand for EV infrastructure, and emission benefits analyses. Shortly, mapping of chargepoints, early adopters and other geographic information system (GIS) features will be added. The resource also includes the ability to network and connect with other council officers – and a knowledge repository will be developed over the coming months. There will also be information on forthcoming events hosted by the LEVI Support Body Roadshows which aim to engage, educate and equip council officers involved in the delivery of EV infrastructure. 

Senior officer leadership training: carbon literacy

Our online carbon literacy training programme (delivered on Zoom) will help senior council officers, across all services, to explore their crucial local leadership role in responding to the climate emergency. programme will help senior council officers across all services explore their crucial local leadership role in responding to the climate emergency. During the programme, you’ll commit to two carbon-reducing actions. These actions will be evaluated for you to become 'carbon-literate'. See our frequently asked questions for more information. Course dates are available in November and December.

Sign up for our carbon literacy training

Help shape the future of social procurement by public bodies to promote equality in the UK construction industry

The Buying Social Justice through Procurement research project is conducting a short survey about the inclusion of social and equality considerations in public procurement. If you work in procurement for a local authority, a housing association or a university, you are invited to participate. It will only take 10 to 15 minutes of your time and your input will help shape future guidance.

Complete the Buying Social Justice survey

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

Buying services for schools – free Department for Education (DfE) webinars
Multiple online sessions will run throughout November and December

Delivering sustainability through responsible procurement (East of England Local Government Association (EELGA) webinar)
Wednesday 30 November, 10.00am–11.00am | Microsoft Teams

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

Decarbonising transport (LGA webinar)
Tuesday 24 January 2023, 10.00am–11.30am | Zoom

Procurement Reform Conference (London)
Wednesday 1 March 2023, 8.30am–4.00pm | Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE

Procurement Reform Conference (Manchester)
Tuesday 14 March 2023, 8.30am–4.00pm | Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Portland Street, Manchester M1 4PH


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