Council third best for procurement

Aberdeenshire Council has been ranked the third best council in Scotland for procurement.

The local authority came in third place following an annual Procurement Capability Assessment (PCA) which was conducted by Scotland Excel and overseen by Audit Scotland.

All Scottish public sector bodies within local government, health and further education sectors are subjected to a PCA. The assessment is evidence based and takes two days to complete.

Once collated in full across all local authorities the results are then forwarded to the Public Procurement Reform Board which is chaired by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities for consideration.

A report presented to Aberdeenshire Council’s Scrutiny and Audit Committee revealed that the council scored 62% which is its highest score in the four years since the PCA started and third highest of all the councils in Scotland. The average score across the 32 councils was 48%.

Chair of Scrutiny and Audit Committee, Cllr Gillian Owen said: “A sound robust procurement practice is vital to ensure value for money in the commissioning of all goods, services and works.

“The council obviously performs very well when compared to other local authorities in Scotland and it is encouraging that it has improved each year the PCA has been running.”

Aberdeenshire scored 80% for leadership and governance and 73% for its strategy and objectives. The PCA did highlight some areas for improvement, including: the need for improved supplier and contract management, the need for the service to assist and have clear understanding of their role in the generation and validation of management data, and the central procurement unit having more influence on all areas of council spend.