“Tortuous” procurement rules stifle savings

The government needs to take the “fight” to Brussels and lobby for an increase in procurement threshold values to enable councils to make more savings through shared services and provide strong support for local firms. The local government Association (LGA) has strongly criticised what is described as tortuous EU procurement rules. It said the “ludicrously low threshold of £170,000”, which requires contract to be advertising the EU, is a costly barrier to councils that results in shared service initiatives being shelved. Furthermore, it called for restrictions on targeting more spend at local businesses to be removed to enable councils to provide increased support to SMEs.

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