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Written Statement - Improving Capability through Procurement Fitness Checks  

Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance and Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Local Government & Government Business

The Wales Procurement Policy Statement was published in December 2012, setting out the 9 principles against which public procurement in Wales is expected to be carried out. In support of Principle 1, the Welsh Government has provided the public sector with a fitness check programme against which the development of procurement in Wales can be measured.

Together, we have been monitoring the outcomes of the first round of Fitness Checks for Local Government and welcome the progress which has clearly been made since John McClelland undertook his review in 2012.

All 22 Local Authorities have committed time and resource to take part in the fitness check programme, and all have now agreed their reports and procurement improvement plans.

Ten councils have achieved a satisfactory, or above, level of maturity which is encouraging. However there is still work to do with twelve councils assessed at a maturity level below conforming, including one organisation identified as non-conforming. Copies of all 22 reports are available at Procurement Fitness Check Programme

Value Wales officials are working with the sector to progress the recommendations made in their procurement improvement plans, providing access to support via the European funded Home Grown Talent Project and our e Procurement Service.

Local Authorities should now be taking action to progress improvement plans ahead of the next round of the fitness checks and Chief Executives will be invited to provide an update of progress to the Local Government & Government Business Minister in early autumn.