We spend money every year on a range of goods, works and services - from paper clips to schools, from consultants to social care services.
We are committed to obtaining the maximum benefit for every tax-payers’ pound we spend. This means using our resources in the best possible way, and delivering public services at a reasonable cost. To do this, we must make sure that our purchasing is value for money.
Value for money does not mean that we will always buy the cheapest product or service, but means that we will weigh up both quality and cost when deciding what we buy and from whom. Generally, if we can get value for money by doing so, we will buy rather than provide the goods, works or services ourselves.
We follow different processes when we buy goods and services in order to get the best value for money. More information on these procedures and how we buy.