In order to carry out its day to day business the Council procures goods, services and works from many different external sources (suppliers), and we must do so in a way that secures the best possible value for money for the taxpayers of Devon.
Procurement is an important driving force in Devon County Council for identifying and realising cost efficiencies and guiding the improvement of Value for Money in the Council’s £460m annual procurement spend.
Procurement also works closely with local business support organisations and public sector business support units to ensure improved access to business opportunities with the Council and assist Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and Third Sector organisations to understand the tender process and produce quality responses to invitations to tender.
Measures to Promote Tax Compliance
Devon County Council has integrated the Cabinet Office’s pre qualification questionnaire into its procedures to make it easier for businesses to engage with the Council.
The Pre Qualification also forms part of the Council’s supplier selection criteria in ‘Measuring to promote tax compliance’. The Cabinet Office incorporated the principles of Procurement Policy Notes when developing its national standard Pre Qualification Questionnaire, thus its requirements are included.
Having implemented this, the Council’s approach is directly in line with the Cabinet Office directive for measures to avoid tax evasion (available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-contracts-regulations-2015-requirements-on-pre-qualification-questionnaires) The Council does require suppliers to self certify that they have not breached a range of offences which include, amongst others, their legal obligations to pay tax and social obligations.
During the 2016/2017 financial year we received no applications from suppliers who declared themselves in breach of their obligations relating to the payment of taxes or social security contributions.
Local Government Transparency Code 2015
The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 is a tool to embed transparency in local authorities and sets out the minimum data that local authorities should be publishing, the frequency it should be published and how it should be published. All this information can be found under "contracts register.'' on our Supplying the South West procurement portal. The contract register enables you to search by Authority, Sub Region, Category and End Date on current contracts that have been awarded via Devon County Council. All the information available is live data and these lists can be exported into excel.
Achieving equality through commissioning & procurement
At Devon County Council we want Devon to be a county for everyone. We are committed to tackling discrimination and exclusion, promoting social justice and good community relations and ensuring fair access for all. We are committed to ensuring equality within employment and the delivery of all services. Use the link to view our document in full for our equality standards in procurement (897KB - pdf help)
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