Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 15 September 2023

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

15 September 2023

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Procurement and supply chain

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC)

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) confirmed that this term it will avoid inspecting any education setting that is on the Department for Education’s published list of education settings affected by RAAC These settings will be removed from Ofsted’s scheduling and will not be selected for inspection during the term.

And a reminder from last week that YPO can help you find temporary buildings such as mobile classrooms, temporary accommodation on their Modular Buildings - 1004 framework. YPO also has Building Envelope Services – 880 which covers inspection and survey services including asbestos surveying.

Social value in procurement – Crown Commercial Service Procurement Essentials

Social value in procurement is about making sure that what you buy creates additional benefits for society. To get it right, you need to start thinking as early as possible about how to apply it to what you are buying. Please see the latest in the Crown Commercial’s Procurement Essential guides on Social Value. And if you have a spare 10-15 minutes to help them improve social value outcomes please take their short survey.

Renewable energy good practice guidance 2023

The LGA has just published an updated version of the renewable energy good practice guidance originally published in September 2020 to provide additional information in relation to industry and policy changes. This guide has been updated to help both members and officers of local authorities who are considering asset ownership to understand potential risk and benefits and how these can be managed. 

Developing Local Partnerships for Onshore Wind in England consultation

The GLA submitted its response to the Government's consultation on Developing Local Partnerships for Onshore Wind in England. The response focused on how councils, if empowered and resourced, can support communities and developers in negotiating the community benefits that communities deserve.


Great British Insulation Scheme launched

The government launched the £1 billion Great British Insulation Scheme to help some families insulate their homes.

Families in lower council tax bands with less energy-efficient homes will be offered upgrades such as roof, loft or cavity wall insulation. Customers will be able to use an online checker for the Great British Insulation Scheme to find out if they are eligible.

A separate online checker has also been launched for the Home Upgrade Grant, which will help off-the-gas-grid homes that have an energy performance certificate rating of D to G.

Funding for youth services in England

DCMS announced that more than 400 youth services in England have been awarded a portion of the Million Hours Fund, to help tackle antisocial behaviour and improve access to opportunities such as cooking lessons, day trips and sporting activities.

The Million Hours Fund, announced in March as part of the government’s Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan, will support an additional one million hours of positive activities from youth services. Additional youth workers, volunteers, venue hire and activity resources will be made available through the first tranche of funding.

Community Organisations Cost-of-Living Fund launched 

Councils are being asked to help spread the word about the Government’s £76 million Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund to support communities most affected by the increased cost of living. The fund will distribute grants to frontline services that have been impacted by increased demand and support low-income households and individuals. Eligible organisations can apply for grants of £10,000 - £75,000. The closing date for applications is noon on 16 October.


Procurement Reform Roadshows – Newcastle, Birmingham, Norwich, Bristol, Liverpool, Sheffield and Nottingham

19 September | Online

ES Catapult: Mobilising internal allies for innovation procurement

21 September 11-12.30 | Online

Crown Commercial Service: Building the future – revolutionising housing with offsite construction

27 September | Online

Procurex Wales – Utilita Arena Cardiff

3 October 2023 – 21 November 2023 | In person 

iNetwork Annual Conference  Manchester and remote

8 November 2023 | In person and online


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