Procurement Policy Note 03/20 – Use of Procurement Cards

The third PPN published in quick succession (PPN 03/20) saw the Government issue guidance on the use of procurement cards by ‘in scope organisations’ (Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies). Procurement cards are widely used in the public sector for transactions below certain thresholds, and have been found to save…

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PROCUREMENT POLICY NOTICE 02/20 AND COVID-19

On 20th March the government released the second Procurement Policy Notice (PPN) of the year in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. PPN 02/20 provides guidance to contracting authorities to review their contracts and ensure service continuity by financially supporting those suppliers that are struggling to remain financially stable due to the outbreak of COVID-19….

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Public procurement regulations and COVID-19

Yesterday (18th March 2020) afternoon saw the government release the first Procurement Policy Note (PPN) of the year, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. PPN 01/20 recognises that the public health crisis will mean contracting authorities will need to urgently procure goods, services and works. The PPN identifies a number of ways contracting authorities…

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‘Not limited to exceptional cases’: unsuccessful challenge of a procurement abandonment in Ryhurst Ltd v Whittington Health NHS Trust [2020] EWHC 448 (TCC)

The claimant, Ryhurst Ltd, was awarded a contract for a ten-year strategic estates partnership by the respondent, the Whittington Health NHS Trust, following a procurement exercise.  Ryhurst was part of a group which included a company that had been responsible for the supply and installation of cladding at Grenfell Tower. The Trust later abandoned the…

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Public Procurement after Brexit – January 2020 update

Introduction The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (the ‘Act’) received royal assent on 23rd January 2020, and the EU-UK withdrawal agreement was swiftly signed by the leaders of the European Commission and Council. The EU Parliament ratified the deal on 29th January, the UK is due to leave the EU at midnight on 31…

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Procurement update: New EU financial thresholds applicable from 1 January 2020

The following new financial thresholds will apply from 1 January 2020. With the current ‘Exit Day’ set at 31 January 2020 we wait to see how long into 2020 these will be applicable. Public Contracts Regulations 2015 Supplies Services Works Central government £122,976 £122,976 £4,733,252 Other contracting authorities £189,330 £189,330 Social and other specific services…

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