Green Paper: Transforming public procurement

 
 
 

Transforming public procurement

On 15th December 2020 the Cabinet Office issued a Green Paper ‘Transforming public procurement’ which intends to shape the future of public procurement in England.  The government’s goal is to speed up and simplify procurement processes, place value for money at their heart, and unleash opportunities for small businesses, charities and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery.
 
The consultation will close at 11.45pm on 10th March 2021.
 
The Green Paper Transforming public procurement can be found here.
The consultation questions in relation to the Green Paper can be found here.

Consultation sessions for contracting authorities
 
Following the publication of the paper, the Cabinet Office has released a series of consultation sessions for Contracting Authorities to explore the proposals and is your opportunity to ask questions of the specialist teams. You can join in discussions with peers which will help in completing the consultation document and feeding back your thoughts on the proposals. These sessions are taking place on the;
 
8/3/2021 - 12:30
 
For more information on this and to book your place.

Providing Feedback on the Green Paper: Transforming public procurement
 
Following the publication by the government of the Green Paper: Transforming public procurement, NWUPC has been reviewing the paper to determine the potential implications for members’ and consortia procurement.  The government is conducting consultation with all members of the public sector and will close consultation on the 10th of March 2021.  As we welcome potential changes to procurement processes that will provide greater value to our sector, we are also considering all advantages, disadvantages and potential implications of proposed changes on members, consortia and our supply chains.  
 
Your feedback as an NWUPC member is critical to this process and a survey has been issued to do this which can be accessed here.  Responses were collated and shared for discussion at a focussed Heads of Procurement meeting on Tuesday 23rd February 2021.   All responses will be anonymised and NWUPC will represent your views directly back to the Cabinet Office to reflect local requirements before the 10th March 2021 deadline, and will also work collaboratively with our UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) partners to provide a sector-wide response that advocates for the best interest of our memberships.
 
It is important that the HE sector has a strong and well-represented voice throughout this consultation process.  To ensure this, we encourage our members to participate in all consultation opportunities and directly with the Cabinet Office, if they wish.  The Cabinet Office has created a dedicated email address through which feedback can be submitted.   
 
In the interim, SUPC (on behalf of UKUPC) has produced a summary of some of the key changes and what they could mean for members: Transforming Public Procurement – the Highlights.
 
Working with our UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) partners - NWUPC welcomes feedback from our suppliers and members to inform a coordinated UKUPC response.  If you have anything you wish to discuss about the Green Paper Transforming public procurement please contact us here.