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Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

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15Procurement strategy

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(1)A contracting authority which expects to have significant procurement expenditure in the next financial year must, before the start of that year—

(a)prepare a procurement strategy setting out how the authority intends to carry out regulated procurements, or

(b)review its procurement strategy for the current financial year and make such revisions to it as the authority considers appropriate.

(2)Subsection (3) applies where a contracting authority—

(a)has not, in relation to a financial year, prepared or reviewed a strategy under subsection (1), and

(b)becomes aware of the likelihood of having significant procurement expenditure during that year.

(3)The contracting authority must, as soon as practicable after it becomes aware of the likelihood of having significant procurement expenditure—

(a)prepare a procurement strategy setting out how the authority intends to carry out regulated procurements, or

(b)review its most recent procurement strategy and make such revisions to it as the authority considers appropriate.

(4)An authority has significant procurement expenditure in a year if the sum of the estimated values of the contracts to which its regulated procurements in that year relate is equal to or greater than £5,000,000.

(5)The procurement strategy must, in particular—

(a)set out how the authority intends to ensure that its regulated procurements will—

(i)contribute to the carrying out of its functions and the achievement of its purposes,

(ii)deliver value for money, and

(iii)be carried out in compliance with its duties under section 8,

(b)include a statement of the authority’s general policy on—

(i)the use of community benefit requirements,

(ii)consulting and engaging with those affected by its procurements,

(iii)the payment of a living wage to persons involved in producing, providing or constructing the subject matter of regulated procurements,

(iv)promoting compliance by contractors and sub-contractors with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (c.37) and any provision made under that Act, and

(v)the procurement of fairly and ethically traded goods and services,

(c)include a statement of the authority’s general policy on how it intends its approach to regulated procurements involving the provision of food to—

(i)improve the health, wellbeing and education of communities in the authority’s area, and

(ii)promote the highest standards of animal welfare,

(d)set out how the authority intends to ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, the following payments are made no later than 30 days after the invoice (or similar claim) relating to the payment is presented—

(i)payments due by the authority to a contractor,

(ii)payments due by a contractor to a sub-contractor,

(iii)payments due by a sub-contractor to a sub-contractor,

(e)address such other matters as the Scottish Ministers may by order specify.

(6)The Scottish Ministers may by order modify subsection (4) so as to substitute for the figure specified there for the time being such other figure as they consider appropriate.

(7)In subsection (5)(b)(iii), a “living wage” means remuneration which is sufficient to ensure an acceptable standard of living.

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