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Local First Policy

We've developed this policy to show we are committed to Local First. Our commitment started with our local prospectus of services which was launched in 2012. This set out the services which other organisations might be interested in taking on responsibility for - providing local services to residents on our behalf.

This Policy goes further to expand the council’s concept of ‘Local First’. The Policy has been developed to support local businesses, Town and Parish Councils (TPCs), and the Voluntary and Community (VCS) sector, but also as an aid for council staff when commissioning and procuring services. As such, this Policy should be considered in conjunction with the council’s Commissioning Framework and Procurement Strategy.

Download the Local First Policy (PDF 132kb).

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