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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Procurement policy and strategy

We have a duty to manage our resources in the most efficient and effective manner to achieve long-term, sustainable solutions for the county and our residents.

Procurement strategy

The strategy sets out our approach to procurement activity which meets the needs of the authority and its key stakeholders in an economic, environmental and socially responsible manner, achieving value for money whilst promoting the long-term interests of the communities we represent.

Social Value in Procurement 2023 - 2025 Policy Statement

This policy provides an outline of our approach to implementing sustainable commissioning and procurement that promotes the long-term interests of the communities we represent, in line with the principles of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

Icon for pdf Sustainable Commissioning and Procurement Policy (PDF, 419.9kb)

Please view the video below to see an example of where our social value is benefitting local school children:

Icon for pdf Social values transcript (PDF, 117.2kb)

Sustainable buying standards

To further our commitment to sustainable procurement and delivering social value, we have established a range of Sustainable Buying Standards for various categories of products, works and services. These are intended to set out clear environmental, economic and social standards for relevant contracts. 

Healthy and Sustainable Food Policy

We have adopted a Icon for pdf healthy and sustainable food policy (PDF, 1.0mb) , which sets out our intention to lead by example by offering healthy and sustainable good food to staff, clients and visitors.

DurhamLearn's Policy for Subcontracting 2023/24

This document sets out our policy for sub-contracting part of our Adult Education Budget funding; Adult Skills and Community Learning. The Education and Skills Funding Agency Funding Rules require providers who sub-contract their provision to publish a Supply Chain Fees and Charges Policy in the interests of transparency. This document will be of interest to DurhamLearn's existing sub-contracted providers as well as providers considering submitting a tender to us for the delivery of adult learning provision.

Icon for pdf DurhamLearn Supply Chain Fees and Charges Policy 2023/24 (PDF, 252.4kb)

Latest opportunities

Our latest contract opportunities are advertised on the ProContract system, available via NEPO. This system is used by all 12 councils in the North East to advertise tendering opportunities. Registering your organisation with NEPO is free of charge - simply click the 'Register as a supplier' link on the front page of the website and follow the instructions.

 North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) Portal

Contact us
Corporate Procurement
Our address is:
  • Resources
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL