Procurement strategy and guidance

This section provides information on the Council Procurement strategy and guidance on the application of the procurement rules.

Corporate Procurement strategy

The strategy (PDF, 350KB) outlines the procurement objectives for 2014 - 2017 and show how procurement will contribute to achieving the aims set out in the Corporate Plan.

The strategy is closely aligned to the recommendations of the Local Government procurement guidelines  and places them in the context of local priorities. It focuses on the main aims and provides targets that contributes to the Corporate Plan.

Social value policy

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 requires public authorities to consider the economic, social and environmental well-being of their area when undertaking public procurements.

Social value is something to be considered well before any procurement takes place and is something that should be monitored throughout the life of the contract.

The Social Value Act sets out a number of requirements that public authorities must comply with before starting the procurement process, including considering:

  • how, what is being procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of its area
  • how that improvement might be secured
  • whether to have a consultation on the potential improvements themselves or how they might be secured

The Act applies to contracts and framework agreements for services that are subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. It does not apply to call-off contracts awarded under a framework agreement.

Cheshire East Council social value policy (PDF, 350KB)

The Public Contract Regulations 2015

The EU Directives have been revised and implemented into national law in the UK under these Regulations. These current Regulations (in the main) came into force on 25th February 2015 to implement new procurement Directives.