Call for Evidence: Procurement Scrutiny Inquiry

The primary focus for the inquiry is to look at Procurement.  The key question, therefore, is: What is Swansea Council doing to ensure it procures locally, ethically and greenly while being cost effective and transparent in its practices?

Reasons for carrying out this piece of work

Councillors chose to carry out this piece of work because they want to

  • Ensure that the Council is meeting its duties under any legal requirements
  • Ensure Swansea Council procures locally, ethically and greenly while being cost effective and transparent in its practices

To help understand these issues and to answer some of these questions we are inviting written submissions on the following lines of inquiry:

The inquiry will look at procurement in relation to the provision of council functions. It will also consider what the Council does well and what can be improved in this area. This will include: 

  1. Legislation/policy including national, local and European influences on our procurement practice:  What legislative and policy framework is used in the Councils procurement processes?  How do we ensure transparency, sustainability and good probity in all we do?  How will Brexit effect/influence procurement for Swansea?
  2. Positive social/local procurement:  What is our strategy, vision, aims and objectives in this area? How are we doing against those? For example our Social and Community Benefits Policy including Beyond Bricks and Mortar and clauses in contracts.  How do we ensure maximum spend in the local economy.
  3. Environmentally and ethical procurement practices: What is our strategy, vision, aims and objectives in this area? How are we performing against those? For example, how are we considering future generations and our impact on climate change in our procurement practice?
  4. Equalities Duty: Do we ensure we and those we procure from/with are meeting the general Equalities Duty as specified in the Equality Act 2010 (Public Sector Equality Duty for Wales 2011)
  5. Systems/processes and consistency of approach:  Are there effective and efficient systems/practices/processes in place across the Council to enable effective procurement practice? Are Council Officers consistently applying these practices?
  6. Joint procurement activities and working with others: Procuring with others, for example, to improve our economies of scale, for example NHS and All Wales Purchasers Forum or similar.
  7. Measuring success: How does the council measure how it is meeting its aims of, for example: local, environment and ethical practice? How does the council monitor and enforce those requirements when working with others via for example their Service Level Agreements or Contracts?

The panel is keen to hear from as many members of the public and organisations as possible.

If you wish to submit evidence you can email us at scrutiny@swansea.gov.uk or you can leave a comment on this blog.

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