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21 August 2013 | Will Green
Buyers and suppliers have just two weeks left to respond to an inquiry by MPs into local government procurement.
The Communities and Local Government Select Committee (CLGSC) is investigating whether local authorities are “delivering good value for money”, covering areas including social, economic and environmental objectives, collaborative working and levels of expertise.
The inquiry is also looking into fraud, supplier relationships, contract management and the involvement of local communities.
The CLGSC said: “The committee welcomes written submissions from contractors that have tendered to local authorities – both the successful and unsuccessful – and from interested parties with knowledge of any aspect of local government procurement for goods and services in any area – from IT and office supplies to care management and building contracts – as well as collaborative procurement arrangements and from people with specialist procurement and contracting expertise.”
The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday 6 September, and a new web portal is being piloted to provide evidence.