‘Transforming public procurement’

In Dec 2020 Gov. published its Green Paper on ‘Transforming Public Procurement’. This is intended to shape the future of public procurement for many years to come. They propose to comprehensively streamline and simplify the complex regulatory framework. The parallel rules in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 and the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011, will be rationalised and clarified. These will be replaced with a single, uniform set of rules for all contract awards. The purpose is to make the system more agile and flexible while still upholding fair and open competition.

The reforms identified include three simple procedures to replace the existing procedures:

  • a new flexible procedure that gives buyers freedom to negotiate and innovate to get the best from the private, charity and social enterprise sectors
  • an open procedure that buyers can use for simpler, ‘off the shelf’ competitions
  • a limited tendering procedure that buyers can use in certain circumstances, such as in crisis or extreme urgency

Along with new criteria that can contribute and sustain economic, social and environmental outcomes and reinforce ‘social value’ considerations.

The Green Paper is available here, and responses should be submitted by 10 March 2021 to procurement.reform@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

If you wish to discuss, c/c or submit any comments via Project Compass, as part of our submission, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly ProjectCompassCIC@gmail.com

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