Civil Partnership Registration
The Procurement Toolkit
The Procurement Toolkit will help you to source goods and services, in an open and transparent way, with the objective of achieving Value for Money.
The procurement process protects the way the Council budget is being spent and ensures that a variety of suppliers (including local small, medium and third sector enterprises) are able to bid for business, via Finditinbirmingham.
CPS makes certain that the Council’s Polices and Procedures are integrated into the procurement process and comply with Birmingham City Council’s Financial Regulations and Standing Orders (which are part of Birmingham City Council’s Constitution - Volume B Part 2(B) Standing Orders relating to contracts ), national and European law. CPS has produced an overview of New Changes to Standing Orders
CPS integrates BCC's Equality and Diversity, Sustainability and Going for Green policies into the Councils contracts and produced a Guidance on Dealing with Policy and Service Issues in Council Contracts.
Ordering Goods and Services
You will need to firstly check with your Requisitioner if there is an existing arrangements in place on the Voyager portal. The Voyager Portal is Birmingham City Council’s system for procuring goods and services.
The Voyager portal contains the ‘How to Buy Guide’ which is designed to help you identify the correct ordering channel.
This can include:
- In-house providers e.g., Civic Catering, Design and Print
- Current contractual arrangements
If there is an existing arrangement in place contact your requisitioner who will arrange one of the following:
- In-house provider – Internal Transfer
- eCatalogue and current contractual arrangements – raise a Purchase Order unless it is included on the Purchase Order Exempt List.
If you cannot find the good or service via the How to Buy Guide, you will need to select one of the following three options, (Note: You will need to take into account the value of the complete project). If you have difficulties, estimating the overall cost of the project, contact CPS.
- Ordering Goods and Services up to £10K
- Ordering Goods and Services between £10K – £173,934
- Procurement of Goods and Services above £173,934
For all purchasing or contract queries contact:
Corporate Procurement Services
P O BOX 10680
Telephone: 0121 464 8000
Sat Nav: B4 7DD
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The Civil Partnership Act 2004 was implemented on 5th December 2005.
Same-sex couples are able to make a formal, legal commitment to each other by registering their civil partnership under this Act.
A couple who register a civil partnership will acquire the new legal status of 'civil partner'.
On registering a civil partnership a couple will thereby acquire similar rights and responsibilities to those of a married couple such as employment and pension benefits and recognition under intestacy rules.
Civil partners must be:
- 16 years of age or over
- of the same gender
- not currently married
- not currently in a civil partnership
- not related to each other within the prohibited degrees of relationship
A couple will need to give notice of their intention to register a civil partnership. There will then be a minimum waiting period of 15 days during which details contained in the notice will be publicised. The civil partnership schedule will be issued after the waiting period has finished. The civil partnership can then be registered at a register office or any premises approved for the registration of civil partnerships.
The civil partnership is registered when the couple sign the civil partnership schedule in the presence of a civil partnership registrar and two witnesses. The civil partnership is recorded in the Civil Partnership Register usually within the week following the registration of the partnership, after which civil partnership certificates will be available.
No religious service can be used at the registration of a civil partnership which takes place at a Register Office or in Approved Premises.
It is possible to register a civil partnership in a Church or other religious building provided that the religious building has already been approved for the registration of civil partnerships.
No ceremony is required by law, however a simple ceremony can take place at the Register Office or one of the Approved Premises in Birmingham. If a couple wish only to register by signing the schedules in the presence of two witnesses and a civil partnership registrar, that can be arranged.
Birmingham Register Office can give details of the legal procedures and fees for registering a civil partnership.
Monday to Friday
09.00 hours - 15.30 hours
0121 675 1000