04 February 2008 | Jake Kanter
Leicester City Council (LCC) is introducing procurement reforms after its housing improvement and repair contracts were heavily criticised by the Audit Commission.
The Commission called for the changes after a report published in December revealed "significant flaws" in the contract management process.
The report found that between 2001 and 2006, £21 million of housing contracts were awarded in breach of EU regulations. It also revealed major deals were not sufficiently transparent to demonstrate value for money.
The reforms will include making council members more active in the tendering process to improve planning and approval of contracts, as well as tightening controls and increasing transparency.
Tom Stephenson, town clerk and monitoring officer at LCC, said in a statement: "We have been tightening our procurement arrangements steadily over the past few years. Many of the issues raised in this report have already been dealt with. We are pleased the district auditor has recognised the steps we have already taken."