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Councils call for a "lighter touch" to public procurement post Brexit

Friday 18th August, 2017

Councils have called for a more efficient “lighter touch” system for procurement after the UK leaves the European Union.

As reported in The PSE, the LGA said that this could include giving local authorities greater power to use local suppliers, as well as specify a minimum local living wage for their supplier employees.

At the moment, councils have to follow EU-wide advertising and award procedures when they buy goods and services, which can often take between three and 18 months, which is twice as long as typical private sector procurements.

The LGA argued that a lighter touch system would simplify the process and provide more flexibilities to promote local growth, allowing councils to procure to shorter timescales and lower administration costs for businesses, especially SMEs

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