The National Procurement Policy Statement this month applies to all contracting authorities who are subject to the procurement rules. Whilst broadly welcomed it raises a number of practical challenges for local authorities and the wider public sector.
Following the recent National Audit Office (NAO) report and challenge by the Good Law Project into government procurement during coronavirus, we discuss the pitfalls of direct awards and the key lessons for higher education institutions.
The concept of social value in public procurement is well known. However, despite its introduction in 2012, there is relatively little practical guidance on how to apply social value in procurement procedures.
The outcome of the appeal in Faraday Development Ltd v West Berkshire Council has important implications for public bodies and developers looking to structure land arrangements outside the scope of the public procurement rules.