Regulations - Overview
The County Council is a body ruled by legislation. It buys in works, supplies and services in order to provide the services to the public required of it by law. These services are supported by public money from government and council taxes. 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 transparently to show 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 contracts for the same purpose (i.e. you cannot break down a purchasing requirement into small parts to get round the regulation). This means for many of the supplies and service we require our requirements must go through OJEU.
Current (01/01/2016 - 31/12/2017) thresholds are:
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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.