£12.2 billion spent with SMEs in 2015 to 2016

The Cabinet Office has revealed that SMEs benefited from £12.2 billion worth of central government spending in 2015 to 2016.

Council collaboration for HR framework

The London Borough of Waltham Forest has entered a new partnership with YPO to launch a new national HR procurement framework.

Digital transformation helps councils collect council tax

A digital transformation programme for two councils has helped result in millions of pounds in council tax being recouped.

Apprenticeship framework for civil service

A new Crown Commercial Service framework will invest more than £360 million in developing the next generation of public servants.

Wakefield saves £200,000 on print services

Wakefield Council has saved more than £200,000 on its print requirements through CCS’s Wider Public Sector Print Services framework.

New framework to supply government furniture

A new CCS framework will see SMEs play a key part in supplying furniture for the government’s network of efficient, regional office spaces.

£35m potential savings through estates framework

The new Estates Professional Services framework has the potential to save the public sector £35 million over the next four years.

UK outspends rest of the EU on large procurement contracts

New research has highlighted that the UK is spending almost double the rest of the EU combined on large procurement contracts.

Five warning signs of council financial stress

CIPFA is urging councils to watch for five warning signs of financial stress.

Suppliers sign up to Prompt Payment Code

32 of the biggest government suppliers have voluntarily committed to pay 95 per cent of invoices within 60 days, which is good news for small businesses.

89 per cent of council websites make transition to mobile

According to the latest survey released by Better Connected, 89 per cent of council websites now present a responsive or mobile site when accessed from a smartphone.

Liverpool chief exec steps aside after arrest

It has been announced that Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald will 'voluntarily step aside' after he was arrested as part of an investigation into alleged financial irregularities in the tendering of contracts to BT.

Belfast City Council consults on incorporation of Irish language

Belfast City Council has asked the public to share their thoughts on how best to incorporate Irish, Ulster-Scots and other minority languages into its daily business.

Cardiff City Council to double junction enforcement

Cardiff City Council has set out plans to almost double the number of junctions it will monitor for moving traffic offences, following a fall in the number of tickets issued, localgov has reported.

Road accidents biggest killer of adolescents, WHO says

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released international data indicating that road injuries were the leading cause of adolescent death among 10–19-year-olds, resulting in approximately 115,000 teenage deaths in 2015.

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