'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.

New marketplace to improve public sector tech access

The government has launched a new marketplace for innovation, providing a smarter way for public sector customers to access the very latest tech.

£660 million public sector contracts for Amazon

Amazon has been awarded 36 public sector contracts worth £660 million since 2015.

Public sector outsourcing spend softens

The private sector dominated the UK outsourcing market in Q1 of 2019, whilst public sector spend fell year-on-year.

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