We're governed by public procurement regulations and our own policies. Our goal is to maximise value for money and minimise risk. We’re committed to fair, open, and transparent procurement processes and encourage working with local businesses and SMEs.
Public procurement is the process by which public sector bodies buy goods, works and services. There’s a duty on public sector buyers to apply key principles of public procurement including the delivery of value for money, appropriate quality, and services to meet business needs and appropriate governance. This includes being subject to certain regulations.
Public Contracts Regulations (PCR) 2015
Where we have a requirement, and the estimated value of the supplies or services is over the PCR 2015 thresholds (excluding VAT) we must publish a notice on FTS (Find a Tender Service). Here a fully regulated process applies. This process replaces the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
PCR 2015 thresholds
The current thresholds, which will apply from 1 January 2022, are:
|Contract type||Threshold exc VAT||Threshold inc VAT|
|Supplies and services||£177,897.50||£213,477.00|
|Light touch services||£552,950.00||£663,540.00|
For contracts expected to be below these thresholds we’re guided by our own internal procurement policies and procedures.