Peers to quiz Government spending watchdog on pandemic procurement
Since the start of the of the COVID-19 pandemic the National Audit Office (NAO) has published several reports on public procurement
Today the Public Services Committee hears from the NAO, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and representatives from Lloyds Bank Foundation and Children England . The Committee will discuss procurement and public services and what those awarding public contracts will need to do in future to avoid mistakes made during the pandemic.
- What lessons should the Government learn about emergency procurement?
- Is existing procurement law and policy adequate for contracting in times of crisis?
- Has transparency in public procurement increased or decreased during the coronavirus pandemic?
- How can procurement procedures encourage those delivering public services to innovate?
- Do proposals in the Government’s Procurement Green Paper allow for the same flexibility seen during the pandemic?
- Do the proposals take full advantage of the UK’s greater freedom to favour local public service providers and prioritise social value in commissioning and procurement?
- Are the ambitions of the Green Paper at risk of being hindered by funding pressures on local government?
- How much is the future viability of small charities and local social enterprises which specialise in delivering public services dependent on a shift towards a grant model of funding?