Guidance on public sector procurement

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Buying better outcomes

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A guide for public authorities in England on mainstreaming equality considerations in procurement.

Buying better outcomes

Public authorities spend £236 billion each year on buying goods, works or services from other organisations across every sector. This purchasing power can be used by public authorities as a way to advance equality and, where appropriate, achieve wider social benefits, such as creating training or employment opportunities.

We have produced guidance that explains how public authorities can make sure they comply with the public sector equality duty (PSED) obligations at different stages of the procurement cycle and takes you through equality issues that you may need to consider at each stage.

Buying better outcomes guidance

Last updated: 31 May 2022

Further information

If you think you might have been treated unfairly and want further advice, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service.

Phone: 0808 800 0082

You can email using the contact form on the EASS website.

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Alternatively, you can visit our advice and guidance page.