Finding savings has become ‘increasingly critical’ for local authorities who are facing continuous reductions in funding.

The CCS has confirmed that a third iteration of Digital Outcomes and Specialists will open for supplier applications later this year.

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman warns about the issues found during investigations into councils’ management of external contracts.

Skanska has been revealed as the top regular supplier to local government in 2017, a new ranking by Tussell has shown.

According to the CLES, Manchester City Council spent approximately £320 million procuring goods and services from local businesses last year.

Oliver Dowden has announced that a new version of the G-Cloud procurement framework will open for bids in April.

Council tax is set to rise in 95 per cent of councils as a direct result of concerns for their financial stability.

After awarding £48 million worth of contracts to SMEs last year, Nottingham City Council has pledged to continue to support smaller suppliers.

CCS has released further details about the new Legal Services Marketplace, expected be awarded in 2018 and estimated to be worth £650 million.

Local authorities and central government departments procured contracts worth £723 million between July and September 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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