Social care left exposed by lack of PPE, say MPs

DHSC's decision to prioritise hospitals at the beginning of the pandemic meant social care providers were left exposed by lack of PPE.

Government urged to clean up its coronavirus procurement

Labour says that almost £2 billion of coronavirus spending has been spent on ‘crony’ contracts going to Conservative friends and donors.

New plans set out to transform procurement

The Cabinet Office has launched new plans to overhaul procurement rules, making it easier for smaller businesses to win government contracts.

'Come clean’ over coronavirus deals, says watchdog

The government has not been transparent about suppliers and services when it scrambled to award £18 billion worth of coronavirus contracts.

The government has potential to save at least £30bn a year

The Centre for Policy Studies has set out nine ideas which would deliver £30 billion a year to the Treasury without impacting frontline services.

New public procurement measures announced

Under new measures, businesses seeking to win government work must set out how they will also deliver social value priorities.

New marketplace opens for public sector AI

The new Artificial Intelligence Dynamic Purchasing System, from CCS, offers a route to buy artificial intelligence services in the public sector.

London boroughs secure PPE boost

London boroughs have agreed a new pan-London partnership to secure emergency supplies of PPE for crucial local services.

Government outsourcing at crossroads, warns think tank

A new report warns that politicians have ‘consistently overstated’ the extent of savings achieved through outsourcing services.

Public Sector Vehicle Hire Solutions launched

The Crown Commercial Service has awarded its latest vehicle hire agreement - with a focus on boosting car share solutions.

New Freeports to ensure Brexit trade opportunities

The first new Freeports will be established after we leave the EU, to ensure towns and cities benefit from Brexit trade opportunities.

Southampton’s IT services back in council management

The longstanding strategic partnership between Southampton City Council and Capita has come to an end.

Public sector must pay suppliers on time

Oliver Dowden has warned that public sector organisations must pay their suppliers on time and set an example for the private sector.

G-Cloud 11 goes live with 4,200 suppliers

Thousands of small businesses have won the chance to bid to supply cloud computing services to government bodies.

£1 billion in savings from shared council services

Council leaders have said that more than a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money has been saved by councils sharing services.

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