Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils are considering a proposal to merge, creating a new District Council covering the whole of South Warwickshire (the areas currently covered by Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils).
The public consultation on the plans to create a South Warwickshire Council starts this week on Monday 6 September and runs until Sunday 24 October.
The consultation document and online questionnaire can be viewed and completed at: www.southwarwickshire.org.uk
All accepted suppliers are monitored throughout the contract period against pre-defined performance criteria stated in the tender documents.
Contracts have to be delivered in accordance with the requirements set out in the contract documentation.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council is continuously striving to improve its performance and expects its suppliers to do the same.
Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy
The council is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all people irrespective of sex, age, race or disability. The council is keen to ensure that its suppliers abide by the law and are working to best practice in this area. All suppliers, as part of the tender process, will be required to provide evidence that they have equal opportunities policies in place and are committed to them.
Sustainability and Environmental Policies
The Government's definition of 'value for money' in the context of procurement is 'the optimum combination of whole-life cost and quality (or fitness for purpose) to meet the user's requirement'.
Procurement, therefore, has a far broader meaning than that of purchasing, buying or commissioning. It is about securing services and products that best meet the needs of users and the local community in its widest sense. Stratford-on-Avon District Council therefore takes sustainability as well as cost and quality into account when choosing suppliers.
Local Government expenditure on goods, works and services has significant economic, social and environmental impacts. Minimising our impact in these areas and, where possible, having a positive influence, helps to improve local quality of life and promote sustainable development. The cornerstone of sustainability is achieving development and progress that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The Local Government Act 2000 gives local authorities the power and duty to promote or improve the well being of the local area and contribute to achieving sustainable development in the UK.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large.
Businesses do not exist in isolation. Their employees depend on the business. Its customers, suppliers and the local community are all affected by the business and what they do. Their products and the way they are made have an impact on the environment.
Health and Safety
The council is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its employees and that of all others affected by its undertakings. Contracts to supply goods or services will only be awarded to contractors who can satisfy the council requirements in terms of resources required and their health and safety competence.
Successful contractors/suppliers are expected to demonstrate compliance with current health and safety legislation including:
Fraud and Corruption
Any suspicion of fraud or corruption will be taken seriously by the council in accordance with the council policies.
Our purchasing terms and conditions give all the requirements to enable us to pay you promptly.
We have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code and, as such, will endeavour to pay all invoices within 10 days of receipt.
In addition, the council is keen to use purchasing cards wherever possible, so suppliers receive payment within four working days.
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