Decision details

Climate Emergency Procurement & Commissioning Strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To update the Council's Procurement Strategy following the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union including preparing for the implementation of new Public Procurement Regulations following the Government's Green Paper "Transforming Public Procurement". This will include updating the Council's Contract Standing Orders to reflect legislative changes.


RESOLVED (unanimously) that the Cabinet agreed to:


1)  Adopt the B&NES Procurement & Commissioning Strategy – “Think Climate, Think Local, Think Innovation”,

2)  Delegate authority to the Director of Finance in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Resources to update the Strategy to reflect future changes to the national statutory framework.


Reasons for the decision:

The Council’s previous Procurement “Think Local” Strategy was very successful in terms of modernising the procurement approach within B&NES and delivery innovation as well as implementing the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

The Council needs to update its strategy to consider legislative changes following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (The Public Procurement (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019).

The Government has published the Green Paper “Transforming Public Procurement” and will implement new regulations in early 2022. Tackling the climate emergency will form an important part of the new regulations and our proposed Strategy takes account of these requirements and will also align with the Council’s Corporate Strategy.


Alternative options considered:


Report author: Richard Howroyd

Publication date: 09/09/2021

Date of decision: 09/09/2021

Decided at meeting: 09/09/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 17/09/2021

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