Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Sub-Committee considered an update report on the procurement pipeline for the Council, the contracts awarded since April 2022 and procurement activity. The detailed waivers referred to in the report would be considered in Part 2 of the meeting.
At its meeting on 6th July 2022, the Sub-Committee had appointed a working group comprising Councillors Councillor S Carter, J Clowes and N Mannion to review several completed procurements and report back to the Sub-Committee. The working group had met on 5th August, with Councillor Mannion acting as chair. Councillor Mannion reported that the working group had considered an overview of the current procurement process, preparations for changes required by new legislation currently going through Parliament, and a close look at a small range of varied procurement exercises. The quality and clarity of the process was seen to be very good, with consistent application and compliance across the authority. The group was also satisfied that the lessons learned were being accepted and that preparation for the forthcoming post-Brexit changes were well understood and implemented. The working group felt that there would be potential value in holding another such review at a future date. Councillor Clowes added that any changes to the procurement process would need to be reflected in the Constitution.
The Chair thanked the working group for its work.
That the Sub-Committee
1. notes the procurement pipeline of activity in Appendix 1 to the report;
2. approves the two new pipeline projects in Appendix 1 as business as usual;
3. notes the contracts awarded by the Council since April 2022, Appendix 2;
4. notes the reason for seven waivers approved between 1st June 2022 and 31st August 2022 (13 in total in 2022/23); and
5. notes the report of the procurement working group.
Publication date: 21/09/2022
Date of decision: 07/09/2022
Decided at meeting: 07/09/2022 - Finance Sub-Committee
Effective from: 29/09/2022