We need to improve public service commissioning to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government. This means improving the skills of public sector leaders so their teams can design service provision, influence external parties, and shape and manage markets to get the best outcomes.
Dynamic Procurement Systems
Read our guidance which aims to set out practical advice on what to consider when deciding on whether to use a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) and what to consider when implementing and running such a system.
- Appendix 1: DPS Survey (Public Sector Organisations)
- Appendix 2: DPS Supplier Survey - for publishing
- Appendix 3: DPS Checklist
- Appendix 4: Analysis of Dynamic Purchasing Systems in UK
Public Contracts Regulations 2015
Sustainable procurement: how to use Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) award criteria under Public Procurement Directives 2014
Delivering savings: better outcomes and growth
Using the new EU procurement rules – a guide for councillors and senior managers
This guide 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.
Information about the new EU directives, or to book onto a face to face or e-learning course
Transposing EU procurement directives – .gov.uk website.
Taking a commercial approach case studies
Suffolk County Council has realised its ambition to take a more commercial approach. With the aims of being:
- a smaller and more effective Council
- putting a much greater emphasis on commissioning and have much lower levels of direct service provision
- improving services whilst spending less money.
The Institute for Government and Spend Network recently carried out some research to look at published transaction data (over £500 for local authorities) to work out which private companies received most government spend. LGA and NAG are in the process of analysing the spend in relation to local government in order to inform a national conversation with our biggest suppliers.
PDF on the Institute for Government and Spend Network website