OGC guides to assess council buying standards

8 August 2001
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09 August 2001

New guidelines to help local authorities and central civil government purchasers meet procurement targets have been published by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).

The Procurement excellence guide allows local authorities to rate their departments on a scale of zero to five on almost 100 questions about their procurement strategy.

"The guide is a precursor to effective benchmarking in local authorities," Paul Passemard, OGC procurement adviser told SM. "It also ties in with ongoing best-value reviews and the recommendations of Sir Ian Byatt's recent report."

The guide, which was developed with the Central Buying Consortium of local authorities, adapts similar guidelines devised for central government procurement in 1999.

The second set of guidelines, Working with suppliers, is a code of conduct for central government buyers' dealings with external suppliers, built around core values of fairness, honesty, efficiency and professionalism.

• Both of the guides are available at www.ogc.gov.uk

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