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What is procurement?

Providing an overview of the procurement function at Hillingdon Council and the procurement rules and regulations within which LBH operates.

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Hillingdon Council procures many goods and services for the benefit of the borough's residents.

It is vital with all money spent that a full account is taken of all the implications both economic and social of this spend. This includes ensuring that all goods, works and services procured by the council are in line with their equality obligations.

All procurement within Hillingdon Council is governed by the EU directives and UK regulations, which include the Public Contracts Regulations (2015). All contracts and spend by the council is subject to EU Treaty based principles of non-discrimination, equal treatment, transparency and proportionality. 

All Hillingdon Council contracts over £25,000 are advertised via the Contracts Finder and all suppliers are invited to view opportunities from £5,000 and upwards via capitalEsourcing.

Best Value

In order to achieve best value and maximum efficiency, Hillingdon Council awards contracts on the basis of the "most economically advantageous tender" taking into account the whole life costs, which consider quality, social and environmental benefits, including equalities and diversity as well as price. Questions relating to equalities will be asked in the PQQ and/or ITT questionnaire, and are related to the contract being awarded. Suppliers may be required to evidence compliance of their equality practice, and that these meet the council's stated requirements.

Hillingdon Council's terms and conditions include clauses on equalities for both suppliers and their sub contractors. Suppliers working with the council must abide by all UK laws including the Equality Act 2010. Suppliers working with the council may be monitored during the life of the contract, in order to ensure compliance with the council's Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). In addition the council may require the supplier to provide equalities data for those staff working on behalf of or with the council.

Those suppliers who are providing services where previously the council would have carried out these functions, are required to have due regard of the council's duty under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and will need to take some responsibility in aiding the council to achieve its duty in this respect. This includes ensuring the supplier eliminates discrimination, harassment and victimisation within the service provision. It promotes equal opportunities for service users as well as training and recruitment and foster good relations between staff and service users who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.

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