Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 8 September 2023

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

8 September 2023

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Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC)

The Regulator of Social Housing has written a letter to registered providers about RAAC urging councils and all registered social housing providers in England to check that their buildings do not contain RAAC and to develop proportionate mitigation and remediation plans where required.

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a list of schools and colleges where the presence of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) has been confirmed. The Department is clear that this number is likely to change as the remaining schools submit information. The Department has also published:

YPO's Modular Buildings 1004 framework can help you find temporary buildings such as mobile classrooms and temporary accommodation; and YPO's Building Envelope Services 880 covers inspection and survey services including asbestos surveying.

Capital element of Swimming Pool Support Fund

The Swimming Pool Support Fund (phase 2) is open to applications from councils that have pools in their area, with £40 million of Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) funding being made available for improving energy efficiency, and a further £20 million of National Lottery funding bringing the total capital funding to £60 million. Councils can apply until Tuesday 17 October.  

LGA launches new Transformation programme

As part of our 2023/24 Sector Support programme funded by the UK Government, we have launched our new Transformation programme, offering tools and resources – and sharing learning, skills and expertise – to empower councils to lead transformation activities, achieve their transformation goals and bolster capacity and capability. Our Transformation masterclasses and Transformation workshops are now open for booking, with limited places.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund support for local authorities 

We have identified some learning materials and resources offering support for local authorities on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). These may:

  • benefit lead and delivery authorities in delivering the UKSPF and wider levelling up related interventions
  • support local authorities in the strategic direction of their UKSPF
  • support collaboration with stakeholders and neighbouring local authorities.  

Green jobs – creating the workforce to deliver net zero  

We have published Green jobs: creating the workforce to deliver net zero – setting out how Government can enable councils to develop the workforce needed to deliver net zero ambitions, including by working together with industry, skill providers and businesses. Using the principles of Work Local, this policy position sets out how this relationship could operate, bringing together net zero and the skills system to align and collectively develop the green skills and jobs that are needed. To get involved in future work related to green jobs and skills, or to share your local good practice, please email

Future skills needs of economic development teams  

We commissioned Shared intelligence (Si) to produce a guide on the role and future skills needs of economic development teams explaining what local economic development services do for the communities they serve, why they are important, the challenges they face, and the skills and knowledge they will need in the coming years.

Youth employment toolkit  

To support young people into employment, the Youth Futures Foundation has developed a new youth employment toolkit for policy- and decision-makers – a free online resource that presents summaries of evidence on interventions that are used to help young people who are out of work to get jobs.  


Please get in touch if you want us to highlight procurement-related opportunities for your organisation.

Kent County Council | Strategic Procurement and Commercial Lead – People  

West Yorkshire Combined Authority | Commercial Manager (Professional Services and Technology)

London Borough of Hackney | Senior Procurement Officer


Market exit simulation (Department of Health and Social Care workshop)
Tuesday 12 September, 10.30am–12.00pm | Virtual meeting

The threats and opportunities of AI and automation ('iN The Loop' webcast)
Tuesday 19 September, 10.00am–11.00am | Virtual meeting

Building the future – revolutionising housing with offsite construction (Crown Commercial Service webinar)
Wednesday 27 September, 10.00am–12.00pm | Virtual meeting

Procurement Reform roadshows (Newcastle, Birmingham, Norwich, Bristol, Liverpool, Sheffield and Nottingham)
Tuesday 3 October–21 November | In person

Procurex Cymru / Wales
Wednesday 8 November | Utilita Arena, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2EQ

iNetwork Annual Conference
Thursday 30 November | Hyatt Regency Manchester, 55 Booth Street West, Manchester M15 6PQ and virtual meeting


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