Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 03 May 2024

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

03 May 2024

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Procurement and supply chain

International recruitment to adult social care guide

International recruitment can help boost social care workforce capacity, bring in additional skills, and provide a more diverse workforce, but it can also create the conditions that enable exploitation of social care staff.

Our new guide for councils provides an overview of the process as it relates to adult social care, sets out the role of the council as a key stakeholder, and signposts to other resources.

We’re also holding a webinar on the role of councils in supporting international recruitment on 8 May 2024 and the role of councils in retaining international recruits on 15 May 2024.

What good looks like for digital in adult social care: self-assessment tool

Our newly launched What good looks like for digital in adult social care self-assessment tool helps councils look at the seven dimensions of success, and come to conclusions about how digital technology is supporting them to achieve their aims. Our digital team has worked with the Southwest, Northwest and Northeast regions to develop the tool and nearly all councils in these regions have taken part. We've also offered close support to councils and supported sharing good practice.

Procuring from the voluntary and social enterprise sector guidance: request for contributors

To inform the jointly produced National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) LGA guide on procuring from the voluntary and social enterprise sector under the new Procurement Act, we are seeking 10 to 15 local government officers to workshop innovative procurement challenges.

This will be in-person in London, (date TBC late June). We are seeking staff from procurement, commissioning, legal and property. If you are interested, please contact the project lead by 17 May.

New online training course for small businesses launched

The Department for Business and Trade has launched the Help to Grow: Management Essentials course, a free online course with practical tips and resources for small business leaders. Essentials is the latest addition to the ‘Help to Grow' toolkit supporting UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The course is suited for leaders of newer or smaller SMEs, or those who are looking to explore the principles of business growth and management. Business leaders can access the course through the Help to Grow website. Councils are encouraged to share this information with small businesses in this area.

Routemaps for culture and leisure services are available

Following on from the launch of the LGA’s Sustainability in Council Services hub, these routemaps aim to provide councils with support to embed sustainable practices into culture and leisure services. The guidance should enable council officers with responsibility for culture and leisure services to make informed decisions about facilities.

Modern slavery statement registry updated

The modern slavery statement registry has been updated by the Home Office to encourage UK companies to upload their annual modern slavery statements in a timely way and support them to publish robust statements. Updates to the registry include; a one-off email notification to registered companies and email reminders to registered companies every year to prompt them to submit their latest annual statement. Resources on modern slavery in our supply chains can be found on our webpages including self-assessment tools and the latest guidance.

Electricals recycling fund 

Material Focus has reopened its Electricals recycling fund, offering £750,000 of funding to support projects that make it easier for more people to reuse and recycle old and unwanted small household electricals. This follows previous rounds of funding that provided £1.8 million to fund over 40 UK projects, including council projects, which will make it easier for people to repair, donate or recycle their unwanted electricals. 


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

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

Transferring Public Procurement: Communities of Practice suite of meet-up events

May and June | meetups | Virtual

NEPO Supplier Partnership Programme: Introduction to Public Sector Tendering

14 May, 1pm - 4pm | Virtual event

Procurex National

16 May 2024 | Liverpool Exhibition Centre

Updated Greenhouse Gas Accounting support for councils

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

Decarbonising Transport – Electric Vehicle Roundtable

Tuesday 11 June 2024, 10.00am to 11.45am | Officers roundtable

Social Value in Action - Social Value Conference

15 -17 October 2024 | In person and virtual

National Children and Adult Services Conference

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


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