Brentwood Borough Council

Brentwood Borough Council

Quick Links

Skip Navigation | Home page | Site map | Search | Help | Complaints procedure | Disclaimer | Feedback | Access key details
Brentwood Borough Council

FOI 5570

Procurement

Request

1. What percentage of your local authority’s total procurement budget is spent on goods and services from suppliers and providers in the local authority area?

2. What percentage of your local authority’s total procurement budget is spent on goods and services from suppliers and providers based out of the local authority?

3. Do you use social value clauses in your procurement contracts? If so, in what percentage of contracts do you use social value clauses?

4. Do you believe that the Social Value Act will make it easier for you to take into consideration the wider social and economic benefits of contracts when awarding tenders? 


5. Has your local authority ever faced legal action for a claimed breach of EU procurement laws?

6. Do you take into account issues such as whether suppliers pay the Living Wage and/or offer other non-statutory benefits to employees?

7. Do you take into account ethical procurement issues such as ‘Fairtrade’ status or Labour rights when procuring goods initially produced in developing countries?

8. Do you believe central government cuts to Local Government Finance will have a negative upon the ability of your council to take into account wider social value when awarding contracts?

Response

1. What percentage of your local authority’s total procurement budget is spent on goods and services from suppliers and providers in the local authority area?
A: On spend over £5k for financial year 2011-2012 = 5.08%

2. What percentage of your local authority’s total procurement budget is spent on goods and services from suppliers and providers based out of the local authority?
A: On spend over £5k for financial year 2011-2012 = 94.92%

3. Do you use social value clauses in your procurement contracts? If so, in what percentage of contracts do you use social value clauses?
A: Not yet but the Procurement Agency for Essex (PAE) of which BBC is a member have developed a toolkit which we will be reviewing for future use.

4. Do you believe that the Social Value Act will make it easier for you to take into consideration the wider social and economic benefits of contracts when awarding tenders?
A: It’s too early to say.

5. Has your local authority ever faced legal action for a claimed breach of EU procurement laws?
A: Not to my knowledge.

6. Do you take into account issues such as whether suppliers pay the Living Wage and/or offer other non-statutory benefits to employees?
A: No

7. Do you take into account ethical procurement issues such as ‘Fairtrade’ status or Labour rights when procuring goods initially produced in developing countries?
A: For the majority of our high value contracts we use frameworks.

8. Do you believe central government cuts to Local Government Finance will have a negative upon the ability of your council to take into account wider social value when awarding contracts?
A: Possibly but again to early to say