Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 17 May 2024

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

17 May 2024

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Procurement and supply chain

Supported living toolkit

Partners in Care and Health (PCH) has acquired a licence for all councils in England to have unlimited access to a tool to help councils understand the cost of supported living provision. The Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services run the PCH programme.

The toolkit is aimed at council commissioners and those involved in supporting or understanding market costs, brokering placements, or managing fee uplifts.

Values-based recruitment in adult social care 

Partners in Care and Health have published What good looks like: values-based recruitment in adult social care, including six case studies. The resource showcases good practice, success factors and evidence of what works in council-led values-based recruitment campaigns, to support sector-led improvement.

The guide provides practical insights and advice for organisations wishing to adopt values base recruitment, and a framework to help capture the impact of campaigns.

LGA Transformation and Innovation Exchange re-launched

Colleagues in our Transformation team recently re-launched the Transformation and Innovation Exchange (TIEx) self-assessment tool at the LGA Transformation conference. The tool provides a comprehensive overview of an organisation’s performance across the characteristics of a high-functioning council, identifying areas to focus and to prioritise, backed up by resources to support councils with their transformation journey.

There is a section dedicated to procurement and commissioning that may interest you and let you assess your current performance through a transformation lens, the resource library has also been updated with hundreds of useful pieces of guidance, tools, learning and case studies.

Local green jobs - accelerating a sustainable economic recovery

Investment in the low carbon economy has increased in recent years driven by rising concern about climate change from scientists, policymakers, and activists, and a recognition of the economic opportunities that new technologies and services will provide.

To deliver the substantial change needed in the UK economy by 2050, local government will play a key role in facilitating technology transitions in homes and businesses, informing constituents, supporting local businesses and the upskilling of the local workforce. In collaboration with Ecuity Consulting, the Local Government Association has published research which considers the projected net zero jobs and the associated skills demands across England by 2030 and 2050.

Sustainability in Council Services

The Sustainability in Council Services project brought together people from councils across England to create routemaps to embed sustainability into services. We have developed the Sustainability in Council Services hub in response to councils asking for help to embed sustainable practices in everything they do. We have developed a series of themed routemaps based on the participant's discussions - this is the beginning of an ongoing piece of work for the LGA. We've started with the areas of buildings; energy generation, land use, land use change and forestry, and agriculture, transport, and waste. We will be adding to these areas in due course.

Funding to help VCSE organisations improve energy efficiency reminder

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport launched a £25.5 million funding package to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England improve their energy efficiency. Eligible organisations are encouraged to apply for an independent energy assessment and then capital grants to install energy efficiency measures. Councils are encouraged to share this scheme with VCSE organisations in their area. The energy assessment part of the scheme is open until 20 June and the application period for capital funding is open until 14 August. Organisations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme  

The Government has announced the next phase of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme with 222 projects receiving a share of £530 million. As part of the fund, council buildings such as schools, libraries and community centres will be funded to help reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions. 


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

May and June | meetups | Virtual

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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