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Professional Services Procurement Spend

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Dear Waverley Borough Council,

I am writing to ask that you please provide me with the spend for your Professional Services procurement at the Authority, by which I mean the procurement of projects and consultancy through Statement of Work excluding temporary agency staff.

• What have you spent on Professional Services over the last 12 months?
• What did the authority spend on professional Services Between April 2019 and March 2020?
• Between April 2019 and March 2020, which categories had the highest level of spend throughout that period?
• Has the authority planned any large construction-based projects over the next two years?
• If you have got construction projects planned, please could you provide project details, budget and timeframes?
• What is the Councils current process to engage with professional service providers? Please could you provide details of the process and name third parties if they are being used.

Yours faithfully,

Jane French

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Dear Ms French

 

Freedom of Information Request: WAV1405270.

 

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Dear Ms French,

Freedom of Information Request – WAV1405270

Thank you for your email to request information which has been processed
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Please see response
below next to your original questions for your ease of reference. Please
may I apologise for the delay in responding to your request as a result of
the impact of covid-19 and the Council’s prioritisation of services.

1. What have you spent on Professional Services over the last 12 months?
[1]https://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200110/...

2. What did the authority spend on professional Services Between April
2019 and March 2020?
[2]https://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200110/...

3. Between April 2019 and March 2020, which categories had the highest
level of spend throughout that period?
[3]https://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200110/...

4. Has the authority planned any large construction-based projects over
the next two years?
The council does not currently have any “large” construction projects
planned over the next two years with the exception of the councils work to
evaluate the current site of the council offices. (options appraisal
currently out to tender) [4]https://www.sesharedservices.org.uk/esou...

5. If you have got construction projects planned, please could you provide
project details, budget and timeframes?
This level of detail is not yet available.

6. What is the Councils current process to engage with professional
service providers? Please could you provide details of the process and
name third parties if they are being used.
The council tenders work via its e-tender portal.
[5]https://www.sesharedservices.org.uk/esou...

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Sarah Coates
Information Rights Coordinator
Waverley Borough Council
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