Report No.134/2019 was received from the Strategic Director for Places.
Mrs L Stephenson introduced the report the purpose of which was to approve the participation of the County’s Library Service in a new consortium to procure library stock, with the aim of securing improved terms and levels of service. The indicative value of the contract is £43,000 per annum, which is £172,000 over a 4 year contract. The Council’s Contract Procedure Rule 12 requires contracts of this value to be approved by Cabinet prior to the tendering process being undertaken. Rule 1.5 allows the use of collaborative joint purchasing.
During discussions the following points were noted:
· The Portfolio Holder assured Members that although price was not cited as one of the award criteria, achieving value for money was always taken into consideration.
1. APPROVED participation in the East Midlands/East Anglia Library Stock Supply Consortium.
2. AUTHORISED the Head of Culture and Registration, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Culture & Leisure, the Portfolio Holder for Finance, and the Director of Resources, to agree the award of the resulting contract.
Reasons for the decision
Participating in the proposed consortium will realise significant benefits to the Council by maximising the stock resources that can be procured with the allocated library stock budget.
Mr Walters left the meeting at 10.14am