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Procurement policy

The Council's procurement and contracting arrangements are designed to ensure that we achieve best value for the public purse. In order to manage this, procurement officers follow not only Telford & Wrekin Council’s internal Contract Procedure Rules and financial regulations, but also relevant UK legislation.

The value of a contract determines the procedures that all council officers must follow with respect to how many quotes they need to obtain, or whether a tender process must be entered into. Additional processes to those listed below will be applied when using Purchasing Organisations* Services, the Light Touch Regime, a DPS and the Council's standing orders.

Supplies and Services

Low Value – The Officer can approach single suppliers but must be able to prove best value through market analysis and by requesting informal quotes direct from suppliers.

Between £10,000 and UK Government Threshold – The Officer will advertise the requirement though the Council’s eTendering system on Contracts Finder to undertake a Request for Quote (RfQ) process.

Above UK Government Threshold – The Officer will carry out a formal process in line with current legistration through the Council’s eTendering system advertising the Invitation To Tender (ITT) opportunity on Find a Tender.

Visit the GOV.UK website to find out about UK Government Thresholds, Contracts Finder or find a Tender Service.

Purchasing Organisations Guidance*

Using Commercial Agreements often referred to as framework agreements are prearranged by Procurement Organisations (PO) and regulated by the Public Contract Regulations 2015. A framework agreement (for services, supplies and works) is set up by a PO through a procurement process in line with the procurement principles. They comprise a list of suppliers and standardised contract terms. Agreements are divided into lots by product or service type. A framework allows public sector bodies to access the services, supplies and works by either a call off competition or a direct award. To supply through a framework agreement, catalogue or portal you can respond directly to the PO Contract Notices on the Governments find a Tender Service.

Procurement Organisations include but not limited to CCS, YPO, ESPO, NEPO, CPC, Scape, gCloud and NHS.

Supplier Contracts at Telford & Wrekin Council will include social, environmental and economical focused opportunities to improve the quality of life and value for money for the residents, businesses and visitors. 

The Council has identified the priorities to be considered for procurements over £10,000. 

Social Value Approach

The Council is required to consider whether to consult on how the economic, social and environmental well-being of the Borough might be improved through commissioning and procurement. Download the Social Value Policy for more information on the Social Value Approach.

  • Telford & Wrekin Council has committed to apply at least 10% evaluation criteria to Social Value on all contracts above £10,000 (where appropriate).

  • The approach is to include Social Value but not to replace broader objectives like public consultation, service user consultation, stakeholder engagement.

  • The Council's priorities help shape the approach to each procurement before engaging with the market or preparation with the tender documents. We will Protect, Care and Invest to create a better borough.
  • Our priorities to deliver this are:
    • securing the best start in life for children and young people
    • protect and create jobs as a ‘business supporting, business winning council’
    • improve local people’s prospects through education and skills training
    • keep neighbourhoods safe, clean and well connected
    • support communities and those most in need and work to give residents access to suitable housing
    • improving health and wellbeing across Telford and Wrekin
    • protect and champion our environment, culture and heritage.

Committed to improving the lives of our Care Leavers

Committed to preventing Modern Slavery 

  • The Council will put in place steps that are aimed to ensuring there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and it supply chains.
  • The Council will incorporate exploitation awareness training to recognise, prevent and manage situations where potential modern slavery may occur. 
  • When procuring goods, services and works officers will ensure as part of the tender and contract management they will consider the potential and likelihood of modern slavery through clear understanding of the supplier’s structure, supply chain and policies.

Committed to be carbon neutral by 2030

  • As part of the declared Climate Emergency we will be carbon neutral by 2030.
  • Sustainable procurement enables better lifetime management of natural resources including energy requirements and materials leading to increased operational effectiveness and reducing lifetime costs.
  • The Council’s procurement approach gives at least 10% or its overall evaluation criteria to Environmental elements. Where appropriate the Council will increase the environmental evaluation criteria weightings to encourage suppliers to use sustainable zero carbon practices and to reduce carbon emissions in the supply chain.
  • Utilise renewable energy and employ new techniques to reduce carbon emissions.

Focus to reduce use of single use plastics

  • Reduction in reliance on single use plastics.
  • Reduce packaging and consumables.
  • Encourage the supply chain to reduce packaging and to supply biodegradable goods where possible.

Good quality jobs with fair pay and decent working conditions

  • Carer Friendly employers (suppliers pledge to support employees that provide care while maintaining their paid employment).
  • Disability Friendly employers (suppliers pledge to support applications, interviews and paid employment).
  • Where stipulated an employer must pay all directly employed staff the Living Wage and have an agreed action plan in place for 3rd party contracted staff.
  • Employee Rights Act.


  • Inviting proposals from suppliers on how they can support, develop and deliver the Councils Procurement outcomes.

Last updated: 22/02/2023 15:17

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