Decision details

Procurement: Central Buying Consortium Library Group FRC01 19/20

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Fire & Rescue and Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is the lead authority for Library books and other Library Services, on behalf of the Central Buying Consortium (CBC). The CBC Library Group (CBCLG) consists of 19 of the CBC members and currently a further 29 Associate member Local Authorities. This will rise by a further 10 Associate members.


The current Framework Agreement for Library Books and Audio-Visual materials is due to expire in March 2020 and the CBC Library Group have requested that the Framework is renewed for up to a further four years.

Based on the forecasts from all participating bodies the forecast spend is £12.8M per annum. The forecast for WSCC is £655K per annum.


In recompense for the work involved in procuring and managing the contract, WSCC receive a Management Fee from Associate members. Last year this was £61K.




The Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communties has approved:


(1)        the commencement of a procurement process for a new Framework Agreement for Library Books and Audio-Visual materials for the CBC Library Group, to commence on 1 April 2020; and


(2)        delegation of authority to the Director of Communities to award the contract to the provider who submits the most economically advantageous tender and can best meet the quality and performance standards required.


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Publication date: 30/08/2019

Date of decision: 30/08/2019

Effective from: 11/09/2019

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