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25 August 2012 | Anna Reynolds
Christchurch City Council's audit and risk management subcommittee has recommended the authority adopt a new procurement policy to ensure local suppliers are given the opportunity to tender.
The strategy aims to put in place a clear set of principles around the council’s purchasing that will allow open competition and support long-term sustainability for the local economy.
Work had originally begun on the policy in 2009, but was delayed by the devastating earthquake that affected the city in February 2011.
Sue Chappell, corporate support unit manager at the council, said in a statement: “Now more than ever, with the rebuild and the volume of goods and services that the council has to process, having a robust, accountable spending policy in place will give the community the assurance they need.”
Currently the authority procures a wide range of goods and services from different markets, ranging from major contracts with long term partnerships for roads, facilities management and recruitment, to one-off purchases.
“The council will continue to advertise planned procurement opportunities and tenders. The council will also consider the impact on the local economy when it makes decisions,” Chappell added.