With local government third party expenditure totalling around £60 billion a year (revenue alone), procurement clearly has a major contribution to make.

A councillor's guide to procurement (PDF)

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply website

Examples of procurement, commissioning and category cycles

LGA/CIPS Corporate Award

LGA and NAG are developing, in partnership with CIPS and others, a syndicated ‘Corporate Award' for formal procurement training.

Commissioning Academy for Elected Members

The LGA, working in partnership with the Cabinet Office Commissioning Academy programme, is pleased to offer this fully subsidised two-day training course for elected members. Aimed at leaders, portfolio holders and chairs of scrutiny, these sessions will help councillors explore ways to improve the commissioning activity of their councils through political leadership.

Modern slavery

Modern Slavery can take many forms including the trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery. The term ‘Modern Slavery' captures a whole range of types of exploitation, many of which occur together. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses with a turnover of £36 million to publish an annual statement of the steps the organisation has taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place:

  • in any of its supply chains, and
  • in any part of its own business, or
  • a statement that the organisation has taken no such steps.

More information on modern slavery - on the LGA website.