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Procurement rules

The rules and regulations we follow when we let contracts

Procurement rules and regulations

We spend approximately £30 million each year on a wide variety of goods, works and services. These are sourced from a range of suppliers, contractors and consultants. You can find details of contracts agreed and purchase orders issued, over £5,000 in value, on our transparency page

As a local authority, we have to follow particular regulations and rules when we let contracts. The key regulations we follow are listed below.

Public Contracts Regulations 2015

These regulations apply to almost all public sector procurement. They are the means of applying the 2014 EU Public Procurement Directive within UK law. The regulations require us to advertise tenders in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) if the total contract value is equal to or more than:

  • supplies - £181,302
  • services -  £181,302
  • works - £4,551,413

The Public Contracts Regulations also impose restrictions on the:

  • way that we manage our procurement processes
  • information that we supply to organisations bidding for contracts
  • way that we evaluate tenders

Contract Standing Orders

We have our own rules called Contract Standing Orders. These rules regulate how we conduct our business, and staff employed by us (including consultants and contractors) must follow them.

The rules are designed to promote fairness, transparency and integrity in our procurement processes. And they ensure that we get the best value for the public money that we spend.

You can view our Contract Standing Orders policy below.