The importance of effective procurement, underpinned by 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.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has seen local authority procurement teams rise to the challenge and been at the heart of our COVID-response teams, sourcing and issuing personal protective equipment (PPE) to those on the frontline, applying supplier relief to local businesses unable to trade during lockdowns and providing the support to fellow colleagues needing to work at pace, dealing with emerging issues and making urgent decisions.

Coronavirus: information for councils  

Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

On these pages, you will find guidance and resources from the LGA and our key partners, as well as the latest official Government information relevant to local government.

Sign up to the weekly COVID-19 Supply Chain bulletin for all the latest news, updates, guidance, support offers, funding and webinars.

You can also keep up-to-date and in contact with fellow procurement professionals on our interactive Local Government Procurement Knowledge Hub – which was set up specifically for local government procurement experts to discuss and share a variety of issues/topics and solutions from social value, children’s and adults’ social care, ICT, construction, modern slavery and fraud within the procurement procedures of local government.

A councillor's guide to procurement: 2019 edition

The LGA worked closely with councils to develop the National Procurement Strategy 2018 and a toolkit that enables councils to set their own objectives and measure their own progress.

The National Procurement Strategy puts the councillor role front and centre and this guide has been produced specifically with councillors in mind. It looks at the roles councillor’s play – both executive members and those engaged in overview and scrutiny work – and provides hints and tips on how to get the best out of procurement and contract management. Just as in the national strategy the focus is on delivering the council’s objectives.

Councillors do not need to be procurement professionals. But they do need to be able to ask the right questions and that is where this guide comes in.

Councillors do not need to be procurement professionals. But they do need to be able to ask the right questions and that is where this guide comes in.

Councillors guide to procurement cover


To accompany this guide the LGA has developed an online quiz for councillors. It is light-hearted with a serious purpose and will hopefully help you take stock of your own knowledge.

Take the quiz

Read more about the NPS one year on survey findings

National Procurement Strategy: Delivering the Ambition - Initial Diagnostic Results 

National Procurement Strategy: Delivering the Ambition - Initial Diagnostic Results

The 'delivering the ambition' report contains details of the main findings from the 2018 diagnostic assessment, examples of good practice whilst identifying some of the key areas for improvement for 2019/20. Each council taking part in the assessment defined what mattered most to them and decided the level of attainment to which it wanted to aspire but one of the key messages, across the sector, was that contract and relationship management and social value are both key areas where attention needs to be focused. The National Advisory Group for Procurement will be looking at ways in which it can help channel resources as a means of helping councils to seek improvement in these areas.

National Procurement Strategy

National Procurement Strategy feature

The LGA launched new National Procurement Strategy in February 2018. It’s not about compliance or tactical issues, its streamlined structure reflects learning from the 2014 strategy and the diagnostic exercise, focusing on three key themes which, consultation has shown, reflects local government’s priorities for the next four years:

  • showing leadership
  • behaving commercially
  • achieving community benefits

National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England 2018

National Procurement Strategy 2018 - toolkit