Procurement policy

Public sector spending is subject to stringent controls and accountabilities. The Government's procurement policy is that all public procurement of goods , works and services is to be based upon value for money. In addition the European Community Treaty principals of non- discrimination, transparency, equal treatment etc apply to all public contracts. The European Community Procurement Directives set out detailed procedures and criteria for the award of public contracts above certain thresholds.

All public sector employees must abide by a procurement code of conduct. Employees must declare their interests in existing or potential suppliers, and say if the connection is a private, social, domestic or professional one. This also applies to members (local councillors) who are also governed by a strict code of conduct.