Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 27 January 2023

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

27 January 2023

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Procurement and supply chain

Last call for our in-person National Construction Conference in London this Thursday 2 February

After three years of online conferences, we are back in person to promote networking on construction across the local government sector. Join us for sessions on delivering decarbonisation, the Construction Playbook, supply chain resilience, and managing the rising costs of inflation in the industry.

Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tools

The Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tools have been developed by Local Partnerships, working with the LGA, to provide a straightforward and consistent approach for councils seeking to calculate their own carbon baseline. The suite of tools has recently been updated to include a new Waste Emissions Calculator that has been developed by Cambridgeshire County Council and University College London (UCL) as part of our Net Zero Innovation Programme. If you would like to know more or have any questions, please email

Attend the 2023 Local Government Procurement Expo in London on Thursday 27 April

The LGA is once again pleased to announce our partnership and support of the Local Government Procurement Expo (LGPE) 2023. This year’s expo will focus on some key issues that are relevant in the current changing environment – procurement reform, sustainable procurement, social value and fairness, digital transformation, innovation and more. Book your place now

Updated guidance on data protection legislation (PPN 03/22)

Procurement Policy Note PPN 03/22 (updated guidance on data protection legislation) replaces PPN 02/18 and reflects changes to the data protection legal framework which impacts public sector procurement updates. It contains streamlined guidance and updated legal clauses to take into account our exit from the EU. It also includes guidance on international transfers of personal data. Local authorities do not fall into scope of this PPN, however many public bodies will also be subject to data protection legislation and may wish to apply the approaches set out in this PPN.

Decarbonising local roads

The Government has announced £30 million in Government funding for innovative projects to decarbonise UK highways. Seven projects spread across the UK have been awarded funding through the 'Live Labs 2 – Decarbonising Local Roads' competition. The programme supports projects led by Local Highways Authorities focused on tackling the long-term decarbonisation of highway infrastructure, such as streetlights, and transforming local authorities’ approach to decarbonising roads. The winning projects include cutting carbon emissions from our streetlights to producing asphalt made from green waste like grass cuttings. Other projects plan to drive changes to the design, construction, and maintenance of typical UK highway construction, as well as plans to develop a first-of-its-kind system approach to creating a net carbon-negative model for green infrastructure delivery.

Energy Bill Support Scheme Alternative Funding

Details of the Energy Bill Support Scheme Alternative Funding scheme were announced in December. This scheme covers households who are not eligible for the Energy Bill Support Scheme as they do not have a direct relationship with a domestic electricity supplier such as residents of park homes and some care home residents. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) wrote to councils stating that they are committed to opening the scheme for applications by 27 February at the absolute latest. They are working to prepare local authorities to launch from 20 February, allowing some additional contingency time, if necessary. In the next two weeks they plan to circulate guidance on the scheme, details on the digital management solution which will be used to upload applications from GOV.UK, data-sharing agreements and grant determination letters covering funding to local authorities for support payments and New Burdens funding. For further details please email

Webinars and events

G-Cloud 13 – what can I buy and how can I buy it? (Crown Commercial Service webinar)
Wednesday 1 February 10.30am–11.30am and monthly sessions running until August 2023 | Online

LGA National Construction Conference (London)
Thursday 2 February, 9.15am–3.30pm | 18 Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ

Travel, accommodation and venue solutions frameworks (Crown Commercial Service webinar)
Monday 6 February, 10.00am–11.30am | Online

Vodafone One Government Day – Resilience
Thursday 9 February, 9.30am–11.30am | In person, London (Venue TBC)

LGA National Construction Conference (Leeds)
Tuesday 7 March, 9.15am–3.30pm | Horizon Leeds, 2 Brewery Wharf, Kendall Street, Leeds LS10 1JR

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

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

Local Government Procurement Expo (LGPE) 2023
Thursday 27 April | Novotel London West (Hammersmith), International Centre, 1 Shortlands, London W6 8DR


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