Furniture procurement

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Dear Leeds City Council,

I am aware that Leeds City Council have now brought the management of of their housing stock in-house. Could you please let me know who Leeds City Council currently purchase their contract furnishings through and what was last years annual spend on furniture across your 3 ALMO's

Kindest Regards

DPFOI, Leeds City Council

Dear, Peter,
Freedom of Information Request: Spend and Supplier of Furniture
I am writing regarding your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000  which I received on 22^nd October 2013. In your request you asked
for the following information:
1. The current supplier of furniture and associated products for furnished
tenancies and communal furniture.
Leeds City Council (and the former Leeds ALMOs, now part of LCC Housing
Leeds) do not provide furnished property tenancies.
Furniture, white and other electrical goods, soft furnishings including
blinds and carpeting are procured for Sheltered Service scheme communal
areas and on occasions for Community Centres.
In general each former ALMO area use Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation for
the procurement of chairs, tables and other brown goods, which is a LCC
approved supplier. During financial year 2012/13   procurements for the
communal areas  included the supply and fitting of blinds and carpeting by
Carolina Blinds and Holbeck Mills Carpet Warehouse respectively. The
figures for these two more material procurement have been listed
separately in the answer to question 3.
2. Who LCC currently purchase their contract furnishings through.
In respect of Housing Services there is currently no formal contract
specifically for the supply of 'brown goods' basic household furniture. As
highlighted in the response to question 1, Items of this nature are
currently procured via Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation which is an LCC
approved supplier providing a variety of goods and equipment including
office chairs and tables.
3.  2012/13 Financial Year Total ALMO Expenditure on furniture and other
related items for Sheltered Service Scheme communal areas:
AVHL: £18,535 (of which £14,535 is in relation to furniture purchased from
ENEHL: £4,140  (all procurement through YPO) **Tony can you confirm if the
£4,140 represents all furniture and other purchases for the Sheltered
Schemes communal areas**
WNWHL: £21,601 (of which £4,140 is in relation to furniture purchased from
YPO, £10,978 re Carolina Blinds and £4,218 re Holbeck Mills Carpet
These figures exclude office furniture purchases.
I trust my reply serves to assist in your enquiry.  If you have any
queries about this letter, please feel free to contact me.
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request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
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Leeds City Council
PO Box 657
LS1 9BS 
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of the Freedom of Information Act for a decision.  Generally the ICO
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The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
Kind regards,
Erin Francis Long
Admin Assistant
Corporate Information Governance
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 395 2732
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