Regulations - Overview
The County Council is governed by legislation. The Council procures works, supplies and services in order to provide the services to the public. These services are supported by public money from government and council taxes and as a public service provider, the Council must be seen to act fairly when awarding contracts. There are legal requirements the Council must follow that ensure we are seen to be dealing in an open and transparent manner, showing no bias or favour when we appoint our suppliers.
Public Contract Regulations
The Public Contract Regulations require the Council to advertise all contracts over certain thresholds in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The value of a purchasing arrangement for the purpose of these regulations is the whole-life value of the contract not just the annual value and must encompass all elements of that requirement (i.e. you cannot break down a purchasing requirement into smaller parts to avoid being subject to the regulation).
From the 1st January 2018 these thresholds are:
|Supply and Service Contracts||Light Touch Regime Contracts||Works Contracts|
The purpose of advertising in OJEU is for all EU countries to be given the same opportunity to tender for contracts. The regulations require the Council to ensure that specifications do not include anything that may be discriminatory e.g. we cannot specify British Standards or require only British applicants. All contracts must be open to all European providers.