Local Authorities are facing an unprecedented set of challenges and leadership by councillors and senior managers has never been more important than now. The drive to provide better outcomes for citizens in key public services and to promote local economic growth must continue at the same time as realising savings on a very large scale.


As a consequence, public services are being ‘rewired' and innovative new models of service delivery are being developed. This includes further integration of services across health and social care and beyond and, increasingly, the creation of vehicles for trading and income generation.

This toolkit, see panel right, provides a briefing for councillors and senior managers on some recent changes to the public procurement rules (the ‘EU rules') which will help councils and their partners respond boldly to the challenges which lie ahead. This additional guide provides a briefing for councillors and senior managers on the recent changes to the public procurement rules (the ‘EU rules') which will help councils and their partners respond boldly to the challenges which lie ahead.

This toolkit is a resource for procurement and commissioning professionals and others in service delivery, programme and project management roles. It is about making best use of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) – the EU procurement rules – to deliver council objectives.