Who are you? What do you buy, for who?

Ava Smudgevinder made this Freedom of Information request to Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation

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Dear Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation,

I understand you have a management committee of elected representatives from 13 constituent local authorities.

Could you tell me the name(s) of each representative from each of the local authorities.
Could you list the 13 local authorities.

Could you explain what your organisation is, and what it purchases please?

Do you have links to local Almo's and Housing Associations?
Are you linked to Yorkshire Forward, or Efficiency North as i understand these are supposed procurement bodies. I was wondering if there is overlap of these roles.

Can you access European Funding?
Are you Green Deal accredited or expecting to be?

Yours faithfully,

Ava Smudgevinder

Dear Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation,
I asked a question about your organisation and i should have received a reply by February 6th.
I would be grateful if you could reply to enlighten me about your organisation,

Yours faithfully,

Ava Smudgevinder

Diana Wright, Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation

Hi Ava,

 

I have been made aware that you made a Freedom of Information request to
our organisation some time ago. Please accept my apologies that this has
not been dealt with previously, our systems did not recognise the request
from the What Do They Know Website.

 

I will ensure the most appropriate email address for these requests is fed
back to the website so they can be dealt with more effectively moving
forward.

 

We are currently reviewing your request and expect to be able to respond
to the request within 20 days.

 

If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact
me.

 

Kind Regards

 

Diana

 

Diana Wright AMBCI, CIRM
Risk Audit & Assurance Officer

t: 01924 834984 m: 07713094902
p: YPO, 41 Industrial Park, Wakefield, WF2 0XE
w: [1]www.ypo.co.uk

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Diana Wright, Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation

Dear Ava,

 

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 dated
09th January 2012.

 

I am writing to confirm that YPO does hold the information you requested
and after considering your request has decided this information can be
released.

 

“I understand you have a management committee of elected representatives
from 13 constituent local authorities”

 

1.            Could you list the 13 Local Authorities:

 

The Local Authorities are:

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Bolton Council

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

City of York Council

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

 

2.            Could you tell me the name(s) of each representative from
each of the Local Authorities?

 

The Elected Members for the municipal year of 2011/12 are as follows:

 

Robert Barnard                                 Barnsley Metropolitan
Borough Council

Alan Gardiner                                    Barnsley Metropolitan
Borough Council

Frank White                                       Bolton Council

Champak Mistry                               Bolton Council

David Warbuton                               Bradford Metropolitan
District Council

Malcolm Sykes                                  Bradford Metropolitan
District Council

Bryan Smith                                        Calderdale Metropolitan
Borough Council

John Beachcroft-Mitchell             Calderdale Metropolitan Borough
Council

Chris Steward                                    City of York Council

Julie Gunnell                                      City of York Council

Richard Jones                                    Doncaster Metropolitan
Borough Council

Richard Cooper-Holmes                Doncaster Metropolitan Borough
Council

David James Hall                               Kirklees Metropolitan
Council

Paul Kane                                            Kirklees Metropolitan
Council

Ken Keith                                            Knowsley Metropolitan
Borough Council

Norman Keats                                   Knowsley Metropolitan
Borough Council

John Watson                                      North Yorkshire County
Council

Elizabeth Casling                               North Yorkshire County
Council

Terence Sharman                            Rotherham Metropolitan Borough
Council

Alan Atkin                                           Rotherham
Metropolitan Borough Council

Stephen Glover                                St Helens Metropolitan
Borough Council

Andy Bowden                                   St Helens Metropolitan
Borough Council

Leslie Shaw                                         Wakefield Metropolitan
District Council

Graham Stokes                                 Wakefield Metropolitan
District Council

Gerard Martin Bretherton           Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

John David O'Brien                          Wigan Metropolitan Borough
Council

    

3.            Could you explain what your organisation is, and what it
purchases please?

    

YPO is a Joint Committee of Local Authorities formed in 1974 under the
Local Authority (Goods and Services) Act 1970. We provide a professional
procurement service that enables our public sector customers to benefit
from cost and efficiency savings. This is achieved through the convenience
of using YPO as a single supplier for goods and services, and our
substantial bulk buying power to aggregate public sector spend. With
annual turnover of £400m, YPO is the largest formally constituted public
sector buying organisation in the UK. Across the country our customers
include schools, academies, colleges and universities, in addition to
local government departments, charities, social enterprises, and the
emergency services.

We provide a diverse portfolio of competitively priced, quality products
and services. Our range includes, school and curriculum resources,
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses for teaching staff,
furniture and soft furnishings design and planning, ICT equipment,
business machines and stationery, grounds and facilities management,
building and housing materials, energy supply and industrial gases, waste
management, food, catering and cleaning, work wear and first aid, highways
and vehicles

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4.            Do you have links to local Almo's and Housing Associations?

 

Almo’s and Housing Associations may be customers of the organisation.

 

5.            Are you linked to Yorkshire Forward, or Efficiency North as
I understand these are supposed procurement bodies. I was wondering if
there is overlap of these roles.

 

YPO has no link to Yorkshire Forward or Efficiency North although some
Authorities who are members of Efficiency North are also members of YPO
but we have differing roles.

     

6.            Can you access European Funding?

 

We are not aware of any European Funding currently available to YPO.

 

7.            Are you Green Deal accredited or expecting to be?

 

YPO are not Green Deal accredited and we do not expect to be accredited in
the future as it is not relevant to YPO's operations.

 

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Regards

 

Diana Wright AMBCI, CIRM
Risk Audit & Assurance Officer

t: 01924 834984 m: 07713094902
p: YPO, 41 Industrial Park, Wakefield, WF2 0XE
w: [1]www.ypo.co.uk

YPO - The Buying Power behind the Public Sector
Follow us on: Twitter [2]click here       Linkedin [3]click here

 

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Ava Smudgevinder

Dear Diana Wright,
Thank you for providing the information requested. It is informative and your clarity is appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Yours sincerely,

Ava Smudgevinder