Public Procurement Consultation

 
 
The government is conducting consultation with all members of the public sector and will close consultation on 10 March 2021.
 
The publication by the government of the Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement has potential implications for our members and consortia procurement. 
 
The government is conducting consultation with all members of the public sector and will close consultation on 10 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.
 
There are also opportunities to participate in the consultation sessions being run directly by the Cabinet Office; with separate sessions for contracting authorities and suppliers to the public sector.
 
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.
 
NEUPC will be working collaboratively with our UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) partners to provide a sector-wide response that advocates for the best interest of our memberships.   We are also holding a session for members on Tuesday 23rd February to collate member opinions on the proposals, to submit a response from NEUPC on behalf of our members.
 
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.
 
For further information or to input into the NEUPC response, please contact Lorraine Hayes, Head of Operational Procurement at NEUPC.