We work in accordance with a number of policies and principles as detailed below to support delivery of fair, transparent and accessible procurement activities.
eProcurement equality statement
We are aware that some faiths, for example the Christian Brethren, may be prohibited from trading online via websites. We accept that some suppliers may have objections to the use of e-procurement technologies on religious or moral grounds.
We do not wish to exclude any suppliers who, on religious or moral grounds, refuse to use electronic procurement methods. Therefore we will ensure that alternate (non-digital) methods are available to such suppliers to enable them to trade with us.
Health and safety
We are obligated to ensure that any organisation contracted to deliver a supplies, services or works requirement to the authority or citizens of the district complies with all relevant provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and other relevant legislation; including regulations, codes of practice issued below that, and with our own policies and procedures.
We have to retain certain documents for a specified duration of time. Downloads the schedule which details the length of time documents relating to the procurement process (e.g. tenders and contracts) must be retained for, along with details of the legislation that governs this.
We have signed the National Procurement Concordat for SMEs (small and medium size enterprises) which is available from 'Downloads'.
We supports sustainable procurement activity to ensure that due consideration is given to environmental, social and economic factors when specifying goods, works and services.
Vetting of staff
Our policy and legislation requires that all relevant staff and volunteers that are working with children and the vulnerable are vetted under the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Further information relating to vetting of staff is available on the GOV.UK website
The Wakefield District Compact is a written agreement between the statutory sector and the voluntary and community sectors. It aims to improve relationships so that everyone works together more effectively.