Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 19 April 2024

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

19 April 2024

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Procurement and supply chain

Procurement Act 2023 guidance documents - second batch published

To support stakeholders in their preparation for the Act, Cabinet Office are publishing a suite of guidance documents over the coming months that address all aspects of the new regime. The suite covers a broad range of subjects from covered procurement through to pre-market engagement, award rules, exclusions and contract modifications. The documents are intended to provide technical guidance, and help with interpretation and understanding of the new regime.

The guidance is being published in groups, with the second tranche now published in the guidance section of the main Transforming Public Procurement page. This new collection comprises guidance on:

  • NPPS (National Procurement Policy Statement)
  • Pipeline notices
  • Planned procurement notices
  • Preliminary Market Engagement (PME)
  • Technical specifications

The intention is to publish the full suite of documents by the end of June 2024 with a simple navigation page to make location of specific guidance easier as the list grows.

The Transforming Public Procurement landing page also contains a range of information about the programme including details of all the Learning and Development opportunities, the Knowledge Drops aimed at both contracting authorities and suppliers which have now been viewed over 27,000 times - guidance documents to help planning and preparation, and an outline of the benefits of the new regime for suppliers.

Infrastructure & Projects Authority - PFI training sessions

The Infrastructure & Projects Authority (IPA) has partnered with the Government Commercial to design and develop a programme of learning products. These products are aimed at PFI contract managers and those who support PFI contract managers.

This virtual course consists of four virtual sessions which will showcase what you need to know in order to create and execute a successful contract expiry plan. Throughout the sessions you will work with one of their PFI associates and your cohort, to learn how to prepare for contract expiry and manage the return of your assets to the public sector in a healthy state.

In addition, there is an eLearning series (log-in/ registration required) which focuses on the critical elements of contract management that PFI contract managers should be skilled in to ensure that the public sector gets the most out of its PFI assets. The modules are available free of charge on demand via the Government Commercial College and can be repeated and revisited at any time. Enquiries and booking should be directed to the PFI Training & Capability Team:

Information for schools: Advice and guidance on buying for schools

The Department for Education (DfE) is hosting free webinars for school business professionals who buy goods and services for their schools. DfE has also made available two pre-recorded webinars providing information about the free ‘Get help buying for schools service’ for schools’ procurement needs, and the risk protection arrangement, the DfE’s alternative to commercial insurance.

Online hub for National Infrastructure Projects

The Planning Inspectorate launched ‘Find a National Infrastructure Project’, the new online service for national infrastructure planning. The launch will help improve processes in line with the government’s NSIP (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project) reform action plan.

Adult Social Care international recruitment toolkit

The Department for Health and Social Care published a toolkit to help adult social care providers with international recruitment. A best practice guide to support providers to ethically recruit care workers from overseas, the toolkit can be used by providers who are new to international recruitment to help support them through the process, or by providers who are undertaking international recruitment and are looking to refine their current processes.

Councils are encouraged to share this information as appropriate.

YPO turns 50

Congratulations to YPO who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, marking it with a celebration event, a national tour of local authorities and a significant dividend for member councils. YPO was formed in 1974, the same year that 12 of the organisation’s member local authorities were formed by the Local Government Act 1972. Over the last five decades, the Wakefield-based purchasing organisation has worked closely with its members and the wider public sector to deliver value and generate dividend returns.

In celebration of 50 years of providing the public sector procurement solutions, YPO are going on the road making 50 stops across the UK over several weeks, visiting councils and the wider public sector.



24 April 2024 | Virtual

YPO Procurement Reform: Preparing the Public Sector for Change

30 April 2024, 10.00am – 11.00am

CCS - Sustainability in Procurement Community of Practice

Thursday 2 May 2024, 11.00am - 12.00pm | Virtual 

11th Annual Construction Conference 2024, in association with NACF & LGA

Wednesday 8 May 2024, 9.30am - 4.00pm | In person, Horizon Leeds, 2 Kendall Street LS10 1JR

Procurex National

16 May 2024 | Liverpool Exhibition Centre

Updated Greenhouse Gas Accounting support for councils

Thursday 23 May 2024, 10:30am -12:00pm | Virtual

Decarbonising Transport – Electric Vehicle Roundtable

Tuesday 11 June 2024, 10.00am -11.45am

Social Value in Action - Social Value Conference

15 -17 October 2024 | In person/virtual

National Children and Adult Services Conference

27 - 29 November 2024 | Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) Liverpool