Government publishes plans to overhaul public procurement

Consultation opens on proposals to speed up and simplify the UK’s public procurement processes.

Today Government published its long-awaited green paper Transforming Public Procurement, which contains its proposals on shaping the future of public procurement in the UK for many years to come. The Government’s key objectives are to speed up and simplify its procurement processes; to ensure value for the taxpayer; and to encourage innovation and competition by making it easier for SMEs to win Government contracts.

Specific changes to the rules proposed include:

  • Removing over 300 complex regulations, to create a single uniform rulebook.
  • Overhauling inflexible and complex procedures, replacing them with three simple modern procedures. This will allow more freedom for suppliers and the public sector to work together and innovate.
  • Allowing buyers to include wider social benefits of the supplier, such as economic, social and environmental factors, when assessing who to award a contract to, while also still considering value for money.
  • Giving buyers the power to properly take account of a bidder’s past performance, allowing them to exclude suppliers who have failed to deliver in the past.
  • A new unit to oversee public procurement with powers to improve commercial skills of public sector contractors.
  • A single digital platform for registering contracts, improving transparency and making life significantly simpler for business.

The Consultation on the proposals laid out in the green paper opens today and will close on 10 March 2021.

techUK will be convening a series of Roundtable discussions with members in the new year to gather input for our consultation response. So, please do keep an eye out for these sessions here on the website, and in your inbox.

In the meantime, if you’d like to get involved in techUK’s work on procurement reform please email [email protected]

You can find out more about the proposals to transform procurement here, and the full list of green paper Consultation Questions here.

Henry Rex

Henry Rex

Associate Director, Public Sector, techUK

Jill Broom

Programme Manager, Cyber Security & Central Government, techUK

Ellie Huckle

Ellie Huckle

Programme Manager, Central Government, techUK

 

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