Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 7 June 2024

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

7 June 2024

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Procurement and supply chain

Central Digital Platform implementation update

The Wider Public Sector Implementation Leads slides have been made available on our Local Government Procurement K-hub (log in required) they outline what’s been delivered to date and what’s in the pipeline. There is also more detail about the Central Digital Platform and some of the questions and queries from the Superuser meet ups were answered including:

  • Will suppliers be automatically transferred onto the new system? All suppliers will need to register and get themselves a unique reference number that they will use for all tendering in the future, regardless if they have set up before. There is no automatic migration onto the new system.
  • How will suppliers be notified and updated on the changes coming their way? There will be a big comms campaign over the summer for all suppliers to sign up, we’ll be asking you to help with this through supplier engagement and through supplier contact lists.
  • Are there any upcoming webinars or events on this? Cabinet Office are starting to develop some demonstrations to help share the information on the new platform. The next Central Digital Platform-Discover and Discuss session is on 9 July 2024.
  • Do suppliers need to be registered on Find a Tender to see new tenders? Suppliers do not need to register to see all the information on Find a Tender, it will all be open and transparent. However, if they want to bid on an opportunity they will need to register to get their unique identifier.

Keep using the tools and resources

We mentioned the Deep Dives had been recently launched last and over 1000 local government officers have signed up since it’s gone live with 200 of you booked on to the sessions. If you would like to be nominated to undertake the deep dive training please speak to your Mini SPOC, a list of whom can be found be found here.

Since its inception the e-Learning and Knowledge Drops have had over 11,500 procurement professionals with 2500 of those coming from local government of which 1800 have started and 600 have completed the course. This learning is free for all council officers, if you would like to sign up to undertake these sessions please visit the Government Commercial College (GCC). The 10 e-learning modules are only available via registration with the GCC.

And lastly just another plug for the excellent Communities of Practice (log in required) which has an amazing range of tools, resources and recorded webinars for you to access.

Sector-led consultancy service  

If you’re looking for free or low-cost support in cyber, digitalisation or technology (CDT), the LGA’s CDT team’s sector-led consultancy service might be able to help. The service offers a unique by the sector, for the sector approach, leveraging the expertise of experienced council professionals and external experts to support and advise your authority. The team is seeking opportunities for September, so please get in touch with for more information or to book a short introductory meeting with the team.

Information and Commissioners Office 'Learning from the mistakes of others' report

The Information and Commissioners Office (ICO) has published a report into Learning from the mistakes of others, containing practical advice to help organisations to understand common security failures and take simple steps to improve their own security, preventing future data breaches before they can happen. This report focuses on main causes of security breaches including attacks on the supply chain.

Update on the PSTN digital switchover  

BT Group have announced a revision to the PSTN switchover timeline. The revised approach will result in a single switch for the majority of customers (businesses and consumers) – from copper to fibre - with all customers now expected to have moved off the old analogue PSTN by the end of January 2027. BT Consumer (EE) have also announced they are re-starting non-voluntary migrations of customers in summer 2024. 

Sustainability Action Network (SAN) 

The LGA convenes the Sustainability Action Network (SAN) which is designed to support officers working in sustainability related roles within local government. Members discuss emerging issues and trends affecting councils and hear from each other and guests on new policies, programmes, and practices. The SAN is led by councils, for councils. If you want to join, please submit an expression of interest form or contact 

To deliver on your sustainability requirements we have the Sustainable procurement – delivering local economic, social and environmental priorities which is a comprehensive toolkit for commissioners, procurement practitioners and contract managers along with a whole host of other resources which can be found on the new LGA Sustainability Hub.

Updated Greenhouse Gas Accounting support for councils – virtual event presentations and blog 

This session heard about the latest updates to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Accounting Tool and the Waste Emissions Calculator. Councillors, council officers and climate experts from Local Partnerships spoke about the tools and ongoing updates to them. On our website you can find the event presentations, summary blog and the tool and calculator. Reporting guidance for local authorities on scope 3 emissions is also available. 

And a reminder that we are hosting a Decarbonising Transport – Electric Vehicle Roundtable next Tuesday 11 June at 10.00am. 

Managing rising demand in adult and children’s social care: Lessons from English local authorities

Gross total expenditure on adult social care increased by 26 per cent between 2018-19 and 2022-23 from £18.9 billion to £23.8 billion. How can the public finance profession support the delivery of good practice in demand management? Discover some of the best practices with CIPFA on 28 June for the launch event of their upcoming report, 'Managing rising demand in adult and children’s social care'.


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

Virtual meet-ups throughout June | Virtual

Decarbonising Transport – Electric Vehicle Roundtable

Tuesday 11 June 2024, 10.00am-11.45am | officers | roundtable 

CIPFA Managing Rising Demand in Adult and Children’s Social Care: Lessons from English Local Authorities

28 June, from 12.00pm – 1.00pm

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


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