Openness, transparency, and inclusivity, Neath Port Talbot Council’s vision for economic and social growth 

4 min read Written by: Tim Daley

Against the ongoing background of economic uncertainty, financial responsibility and social accountability are a key priority for local authorities throughout Wales, and beyond. Like many other councils, Neath Port Talbot Council is facing the challenge of optimising financial resources while supporting the economic and social well-being of its residents and communities.  

Procurement reform 

2024 sees the introduction of the Procurement Reform Act, following shortly after the Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Act 2023. Procurement Reform in Wales is deeply aligned with both national and local wellbeing objectives, echoing the principles of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and the Wales procurement policy statement. This new legislation focuses on openness, transparency, and inclusivity in procurement practices, creating opportunities for a diverse range of suppliers and generating greater accountability.  

Neath Port Talbot Council is now looking at how they integrate these overarching principles into their procurement processes, nurturing a mutually beneficial relationship between financial prudence and community prosperity. 

Working collaboratively 

Reflecting on this project, Craig Griffiths (Head of Legal & Democratic Services) at Neath Port Talbot Council said

We are partnering with local supplier, Perago, to support us in this work. Their comprehensive assessment of our procurement operations, including tools, systems, and processes, will provide a set of recommendations to improve efficiency, ensure compliance, and help us make sure we deliver value for money. From spending analysis to operational system integration, every aspect of procurement will be examined and optimised to align with our financial and procurement objectives.


We’re confident that this collaborative effort will allow us to deliver on our commitment to responsible spending and community well-being with procurement strategies aimed at invigorating the local economy

Openness and transparency 

As we progress with this work we will be providing regular updates about our findings, analysis and next steps. By prioritising the employment of local residents and supporting the growth of local businesses, the Council will see a deliberate shift to community-centred procurement practices that reflects the Council’s commitment to the well-being of its residents and communities. While we focus collaboratively on those aims we want to share this work openly.

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