Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 27 October 2023

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

27 October 2023

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Procurement and supply chain

Transforming Public Procurement update

The Procurement Bill has now received Royal Asssent! Secondary legislation will likely be laid early in 2024 for the new regime to go live in October 2024. Following Royal Assent, the Cabinet Office will be running open-to-all Transforming Public Procurement webinars to help you to understand the final shape of the Bill, to look ahead to future key milestones, and to outline the guidance and support available as we progress to go-live in October 2024. See webinar details in 'Events' section below.

Platform update

The Cabinet Office continues regular engagement with eProcurement systems providers to assist them to make the changes necessary to support the new regime. Following the release of the first four notice types to the test environment in July, many providers have scheduled development work into their workflows in the coming months. The next batch of notices is due to be released to the test environment by the end of November 2023.

Transforming Public Procurement at GOV.UK is your one-stop shop for information about the programme including details of learning and development opportunities, guidance documents to help planning and preparation, and an outline of the benefits of the new regime for suppliers.

YPO has published information on procurement reform for local authorities, signposting to Government updates and the latest insights from YPO experts and thought leaders on some of the challenges and opportunities the new regulations will bring.

LGA procurement support survey

Council officers receiving this bulletin will this week have received a link to a survey related to capacity and capability building for procurement and commercial teams.  As part of our business planning process we want to hear from council officers what they feel might be most useful to support them.  If you received a link we would be grateful if you could spend a little time to complete this survey, it should only take around 10 minutes and will provide us with a clearer idea about demand for any future programmes.

Join the Contract Management Pioneer Programme (CMPP)

Local Partnerships has gone live with the first round of its Contract Management Pioneer Programme (CMPP) which is now fully funded by Crown Commercial Service (CCS). The programme supports the Government’s agenda to 'build back better' by ensuring that contracting authorities are able to effectively manage the key stages of commercial delivery. The programme is open to expressions of interest until Tuesday 31 October, but Local Partnerships will also be inviting councils to apply in January and April 2024. If you are keen for your organisation to participate, please email an expression of interest to

Business process mapping for procurement

A useful Business process mapping for procurement toolkit was published earlier in 2023 to support councils to map their procurement processes, with the aim of reviewing and streamlining them. Plans are now in place to extend the toolkit to cover contract management and to map the full commissioning lifecycle. This is being supported by Crown Commercial Service and delivered by Local Partnerships, who would like to hear from councils interested in testing the toolkit. This will involve two days of facilitated workshops, free to councils, to map both their procurement and contract management processes.

Local Partnerships is receiving positive feedback about how the toolkit is helping councils work as a team to review their procurement, and how useful it might be to include the contract management process. It’s important we get the content and approach right and, therefore, we want to test any extension to the toolkit with a variety of councils. If you are interested in taking part, please email

Flooding resources

YPO is providing local authorities with  procurement support on recent rainfall and problems created by flooding.

Unseen's 'Who cares?' report

Abuse and exploitation of workers are evident in all sectors of the UK economy. However, the risks are higher in the care sector than in other sectors because of the significant use of temporary labour and the conditions of employment. Unseen has launched Who cares? – a review of reports of exploitation in the care sector.

The Local Government Association and the University of Nottingham Rights Lab recently published a new guide on Establishing modern slavery risk assessment and due diligence in adult social care aimed at commissioning officers and managers in council adult social care teams. We will host an event on Modern slavery risk assessment and due diligence guidelines for adult social care on Tuesday 31 October, 10.30am–12.00pm. And NHS Employers has published an ethical recruiters list that should be used as noted in the code of practice.

Shared outcomes toolkit for integrated care systems

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a Shared outcomes toolkit for integrated care systems to support place partnerships to develop their own shared outcomes in order to bring organisations together from across the health and social care system to make integrated services a reality. The toolkit, developed with national stakeholders and local place leaders including the LGA, features case studies, suggestions for overcoming challenges, and example frameworks. It is designed to complement existing work being done to develop shared outcomes. The Government expects that from March 2024 all places will be able to evidence the work they are undertaking to develop shared outcomes.


Modern slavery risk assessment and due diligence guidelines for adult social care (LGA virtual event)
Tuesday 31 October, 10.30am–12.00pm | Zoom

Specialist PPE, uniform and workwear (YPO webinar)
Tuesday 31 October, 10.00am–12.00pm | Microsoft Teams

Creating inclusive workspaces in the public sector (YPO webinar)
Wednesday 1 November, 10.00am–11.00am | Online

Sustainable procurement diagnosis and action planning showcase events – East of England LGA (EEGLA) virtual events
Friday 3 November, 10.00am–11.00am and Tuesday 7 November | Online

Procurement Reform Roadshow
Tuesday 7 November | Eastside Rooms, Radisson Blu Hotel, 12 Holloway Circus, Queensway, Birmingham B1 1BT

Cyber insurance cover – an overview (YPO webinar)
Tuesday 7 November, 11.00am–12.00pm | Online

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

Transforming Public Procurement webinars
Sunday 15 November 3.00pm–4.00pm, Monday 16 November 12.00pm–1.00pm, Monday 20 November, 10.00am–11.00am | Online

National Children and Adult Services Conference
Wednesday 29 November–Friday 1 December | Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH

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

Digitalisation training weekender event for councillors (an LGA 'Leadership Essentials' event)
Saturday 2 December–Sunday 3 December | Crowne Plaza Leeds, Wellington Street, Leeds LS1 4DL


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