Procurement

The importance of effective commissioning has never been greater for local government. The demand for public services is increasing, while resources are drastically reducing. The pressure to find greater efficiencies and improve productivity is driving councils to look for different ways to deliver better outcomes for local people.


Our procurement pages have now moved to a dedicated Procurement site.

Specific commissioning resources

Commissioning effectively starts with a deep understanding of citizens and communities, ensuring services are designed and delivered according to their needs, aspirations and experiences.

There are a number programmes and guidance of commissioning:

  • Productivity programme
    The Commissioning Academy is a joint programme between the LGA and the Cabinet Office which enables senior commissioners from both local and central government to develop their commissioning knowledge and skills alongside each other.

  • Workforce
    Practical guidance for councils dealing with the workforce implications of commissioning. The LGA has, with partners, produced a series of case studies on mutuals for the delivery of public services.

  • Culture and Sport
    The LGA Culture and Sport Programme provides guidance for members and officers leading culture and sport services to exploit the opportunities presented by commissioning. This includes a practical resource pack and a two-day Leadership programme.

  • Children’s Services Commissioning and Procurement GroupThis group is for local authority procurement professionals, commissioners and consortia leads to discuss projects, share best practice and explore opportunities for closer working. The group meets quarterly and you can join the virtual group on the knowledge hub entitled ‘Children’s Services Commissioning and Procurement Group’.

  • Health
    The LGA is working NHS England and other national partners to develop a range of tools and support for commissioners to promote integrated care in all areas. Tools are available on the Knowledge Hub and a resource sheet.

  • Councillor Development
    The Leadership Academy supports leadership skills for Councillors. The academy covers a range of topics, including commissioning. There is also guidance on Commissioning For Better Public Services.