Modern Slavery Act 2015 - Transparency Statement

Our business and supply chain

The Council is a large employer with around 6,500 staff who undertake a wide variety of roles and have a variety of interactions with the public and businesses. The Council serves a population of 257,280 residents.

The Council spends in excess of £240m per annum with third party suppliers on a wide scope of works, goods and services ranging from catering through to care and construction.  In the main these suppliers are based in the UK, with <1% of suppliers based outside of the UK. The commissioning and management of contracts occur across all departments within the Council and can vary significantly in value.  A central procurement team will ensure professional support and advice to the process. Whilst the procurement of larger contracts is robust in respect of modern slavery, further work needs to be undertaken to strengthen work relating to contracts of small financial value.