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FOI 12345

Procurement

Request

Please send me:

        Information on any reviews carried out and any procurement procedures, processes and systems and any changes and improvements you have put in place to ensure best value is achieved for all goods and services since the launch of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in July 2014.

        Information on the effectiveness and any savings achieved as a result of the reviews carried out and changes implemented as detailed in the above bullet point, including in which specific areas and departments, the amounts saved in figures and as a percentage of overall budget, since the launch of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in July 2014.

        Information on the number of full and part-time employees you have in procurement roles now, and the number of full and part-time employees that were in procurement roles on 1 July 2014.

        Information on any fraud incidents relating to council employees, council services and services procured externally that have come to light since the launch of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in July 2014.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

 If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act.

 If you can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.

If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that information should not be treated as confidential if such an agreement has not been signed.

Response

In response to your FOI request, I can confirm the following:

Please send me:
œ Information on any reviews carried out and any procurement procedures, processes and systems and any changes and improvements you have put in place to ensure best value is achieved for all goods and services since the launch of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in July 2014.
The Council commissioned a review of its procurement activities in September/October 2015 from the Local Government Association. Changes and improvements are yet to be implemented.
œ Information on the effectiveness and any savings achieved as a result of the reviews carried out and changes implemented as detailed in the above bullet point, including in which specific areas and departments, the amounts saved in figures and as a percentage of overall budget, since the launch of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in July 2014.
N/A
Information on the number of full and part-time employees you have in procurement roles now, and the number of full and part-time employees that were in procurement roles on 1 July 2014.
90% FTE (Now and on July 2014)
Information on any fraud incidents relating to council employees, council services and services procured externally that have come to light since the launch of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in July 2014.
None