More than a third of all UK government spending on goods and services is spent by local government, so it’s important councils have effective arrangements for procurement and contract management.

The sector's ongoing focus on efficiency, and other priorities, such as net zero and local growth, mean that local government procurement has a rare opportunity to make a difference to the wider government agenda.

Our latest review of auditor reports shows that not all councils have the right governance arrangements in place, or deploy the appropriate skills and resource. Where things go wrong there are potentially significant risks to public money and service delivery.

The analysis sets out five key themes for ensuring good practice:

  • Strategic planning
  • Internal control
  • Time, technical expertise, and people
  • Commercial awareness
  • Contract management

Download the report to find out what you can learn from our review. 

For more insight and guidance, get in touch with Paul Dossett or Guy Clifton.