Yesterday the UK Government announced plans to overhaul the UK’s public procurement regime.
Its much anticipated Green Paper “Transforming public procurement” sets out ambitious proposals for the post-Brexit procurement landscape, which are subject to consultation until 10 March 2021.
Amongst the sweeping proposals in the Green Paper aimed at creating a more simplified, agile regime are the following:
The above gives a mere flavour of the comprehensive changes incorporated within the paper. The full list of consultation questions can be found here.
Alongside the Green Paper, Procurement policy note (PPN) 11/20 – Reserving below threshold procurements was also issued yesterday by the Cabinet Office. The PPN is consistent with the themes emerging from the Green Paper on local delivery and favouring smaller and third sector suppliers, with scope to specify these characteristics when procuring contracts for goods, services and works with a value below the applicable thresholds following Brexit.
There will be much to consider in the detail of the Green Paper and we shall be delving further into this. In the meantime, should you wish to discuss the proposals or should you like us to assist you in influencing the public procurement rules of the future by responding to the consultation, please get in touch.
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