Welsh public sector procurement policy to be 'refreshed'

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
20 March 2015

The Welsh Government’s procurement policy is to be “refreshed" two years after it was launched.

Finance and government business minister Jane Hutt, speaking during Wales Procurement Week, said the revised policy would help improve procurement capability and include methods to "measure and monitor success".

Hutt said: “I am extremely proud that Wales is at the forefront of procurement best practice - we have some of the most progressive policies in the United Kingdom.  

“I will shortly be launching a refreshed Wales Procurement Policy Statement to build on this success. The revised statement will further underline how I will support improvement of procurement capability and make clear what I expect of public bodies and how I will measure and monitor success.”

The Wales Procurement Policy Statement was introduced in December 2012 and it sets out the procurement practices and the specific actions required of every public sector organisation.

Hutt also emphasised the importance of ethical procurement, referring to a Procurement Advice Note issued on 11 March that includes measures to address “false self employment”, where construction workers are treated as self-employed by employers to avoid costs such as National Insurance contributions.

“Ethical procurement is at the heart of the Welsh Government’s procurement practices and this is something that I consistently promote across the public sector in Wales. It is vitally important that procurement policy reflects our social and economic values,” said Hutt.

“We must send a clear message to suppliers that we want to deal with professional businesses that treat their employees fairly and with respect."

Wales Procurement Week is a five-day conference that “aims to explore the many facets of public procurement”.

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