The new Procurement Bill: Transforming public procurement

 
 

The new Procurement Bill is currently passing through Parliament, having had its first reading in the House of Lords on the 11th May 2022. This follows the Queen’s Speech on the 10th May 2020 which stated that public sector procurement will be simplified to provide new opportunities for small businesses.

The Bill is intended to:

  • Create a simpler regime that works better for the UK, reducing costs and improving productivity.
  • Establish a single digital platform for supplier registration, businesses will only have to submit their data once to qualify for any public sector procurement.
  • Give public sector buyers more freedom and flexibility by allowing them to better negotiate with suppliers and to design the buying process to meet the needs of their specific procurement.
  • Enable smaller contracts to be restricted to UK suppliers, as permitted by World Trade Organization rules, and ensuring that procurement activities aid jobs and innovation.
 

You can access a short Procurement Bill factsheet which outlines the key benefits the new procurement regime is designed to bring. You can view the full Procurement Bill and supporting documents on the Parliamentary Website or by selecting the image below. 

The Bill will take several months to complete its passage through Parliament. The Government will give a minimum of six months’ notice before ‘go-live’; this will not be until 2023 at the earliest.  The existing legislation will apply until the new regime goes live and will also continue to apply to procurements started under the old rules. Guidance will be provided to cover the transition from the old to the new regulations.

There is a dedicated webpage on the Government’s gov.uk platform here which will be updated as the programme develops.


Free Webinar from The Government Commercial Function 

This webinar will lay out the key changes, next steps, support available and give you the opportunity to raise any questions during a dedicated Q&A. For more information and to sign up, see below.

Free Webinar for NWUPC Members - Transforming Public Procurement – Preparing for Changes to PCR

When - Wednesday 22 June, 11:00 – 12:00 - Free to register for NWUPC Members

Join HE Sector expert David Hansom from Clyde & Co as he provides his insight and advice, alongside real-life examples of case law, on expected changes following the Government’s Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement.  The session will help procurement professionals across the HE and wider public sectors consider changes coming into force in 2023, including transparency obligations and open and closed framework terms.  More information and booking details coming soon!


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 Government response to the public consultation has been published and you can read more about it HERE.The Green Paper: Transforming public procurement can be found HERE.

The consultation questions in relation to the Green Paper can be found HERE.

Following the publication by the government of the Green Paper, NWUPC reviewed the paper to determine the potential implications along with our members and consortia peers.  The government has conducted consultation with all members of the public sector with the consultation period ending 10th of March 2021.  As we welcome potential changes to procurement processes that will provide greater value to our sector, we have also considered all advantages, disadvantages and potential implications of proposed changes on members, consortia and our supply chains. 

You can read the combined UKUPC response HERE.

You can read the combined NWUPC response HERE.

It is important that the HE sector has a strong and well-represented voice throughout this consultation process.  Your feedback as an NWUPC member was critical to this process and we would like to thank you all for your contribution. 

If you have anything you wish to discuss about the Green Paper please contact us here.

The Cabinet office ask that if you, or colleagues wish to receive updates directly from the Cabinet office please use this form.

 

Page Updated - 16/05/2022