County takes action after warning it may have breached procurement law

By William Eichler | 25 November 2021

Cambridgeshire CC has made a number of improvements to its processes after an external audit found the local authority might have breached procurement law.

Auditor BDO discovered problems with the tendering processes of two contracts awarded in 2015 and 2016, which they warned ‘left the council open to legal challenge’.

A council spokesperson said: ‘Since then, the council has made a number of improvements to its procurement processes.

'It has also responded to all BDO recommendations made in relation to these contracts and the wider procurement process.’

The spokesperson continued: ‘The improvements made to the procurement process include the implementation of enhanced controls attached to our contract register, accounting systems, waiver requests and approvals processes.

‘We have taken legal advice to ensure we act lawfully in relation to the historic issues identified and are committed to monitoring the improvements that have been made over the last six years, reporting this to our auditors and audit committee.’

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