South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd (SLLC) is an expansion of South Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd, which was formed on 1 April 2002 to manage the operation of sports and recreation facilities on behalf of South Lanarkshire Council. From 1 October 2010 the remit of SLLC now also includes management of community and town halls, country parks, museums, libraries, Outdoor Resource Base and Arts Development.
This report outlines the work of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture during the period April 2016 to March 2017 and shares with the public not only our accomplishments but also the financing and expenditures which make this work possible.
South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture's Business Plan represents the overall business objectives agreed between South Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture.
This plan presents a detailed overview of SLLC, it describes what we do - our services and internal processes, who we work with, who our competitors are and how we make an impact on national and local priorities and outcomes.
As a Leisure and Cultural Trust we have set ourselves the vision of providing opportunities to enrich people's lives. It is our job to ensure that fairness is a priority for all the work that we do.
Our Mainstreaming Equalities Report and Outcome Plan is our commitment to delivering equality in South Lanarkshire and sets out how we can meet the needs of everyone who works for us and who uses our services.
Our aims are simple; we want to develop best practice as an employer; to eliminate discrimination and harassment; and to promote positive attitudes throughout our workforce and community.
We all have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. This is the key to a fair and open work environment and to providing the best services.
Gerry Campbell, General Manager, leads on our commitment to equality and diversity to ensure the experience of employees and members of our community is a positive one.
Procurement is the full range of activities related to purchasing works, supplies and services. This includes the process of supplier engagement, advertising, supplier selection and subsequent management of any contract arising.
All Trust services involve procurement. Procurement can range from engaging a contractor to maintain essential equipment through to purchasing pens and pencils for individual Service use.
Effective procurement supports the Trust's aims and objectives, helping it deliver high quality services which meet the current and future needs of local people based on value for money. The Trust has a Procurement Strategy which sets out the procurement aims and objectives for the Trust until 31 March 2018.
Procurement in the Public Sector is subject to the Law of Scotland and the way in which the Trust purchase works, supplies and services is governed by these laws.
Procurement Law and Regulation
Public Sector Procurement in Scotland is subject to The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015, The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and The Procurement (Scotland) Regulations 2016. This legislative framework governs how any public organisation in Scotland purchases works where the estimated value exceeds £2million, and supplies and services where the estimated value exceeds £50,000.
There are some differences in the relevant procurement law depending on the contract value. However, every procurement process must comply with the basic principles of transparency, openness, non-discrimination and equal treatment.
The legislative framework is supplemented by the Trust's Standing Orders on Contracts which set out the provisions which must be adhered to at all times when procuring works, supplies or services regardless of the value of the requirement.
The Contract Register is a record of all contracts used by the Trust where the contract value exceeds £2,500. This includes contracts awarded by the Trust and contracts used by the Trust but awarded by other bodies e.g. Scotland Excel and Procurement Scotland.
The Contracts Register highlights the contracted / preferred suppliers to be used when sourcing works, supplies and services.
Anyone wishing to supply South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture should register on Public Contracts Scotland. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes to complete.