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Procurement Guidance

Expenditure by local authorities is governed by EU Procurement Directives as enforced by the Public Contracts Regulations (2015). This legislation sets out clear guidelines for the award of contracts whose value equals or exceeds specific thresholds. Contracts which fall below the EU financial thresholds must comply with the council's own Contract Procedure Rules which form part of the Constitution. These rules provide formal procedures for all contracting and tendering and regulate the processes used by the council when seeking to procure goods, works and services. These pages outline the thresholds, rules and procedures and provide guidance on how to manage the tender process. Cumbria County Council's full Contract Procedure Rules.

This part of the site also provides some background information into the various strategies, policies and initiatives that effect procurement within the council, including the Cumbria County Council and national procurement strategies, and our sustainable procurement policy. Further guidance can also be accessed from the links below.

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