New government procurement measures announced

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington is announcing new measures to deliver better public services and use procurement contracts as a ‘force for good’.

Speaking to the Business Services Association, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster will reveal that government procurements will be required to take social and economic benefits into account in certain priority areas by summer 2019, including supporting small businesses, providing employment opportunities for disadvantaged people and reducing harm to the environment.

Lidington is expected to say: “We are determined to build a society where people from all parts of our country have access to the best public services. Public services should be delivered with values at their heart… it is right that we use government’s purchasing power to benefit society.”

Lidington will also announce today that government suppliers are drawing up their plans in the unlikely event of business failure where another may need to step in. Capita, Serco and Sopra Steria have volunteered to lead the way in this new best practice. They will complete their ‘living wills’ within weeks with other key suppliers set to follow.

A ‘living will’ is the plan for how public services provided by a supplier can be secured and continued in the event of a potential company’s failure, to allow government time to transfer the services safely to a new supplier, or take them in-house.