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This week the UK Cabinet Office released a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) which sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during the coronavirus outbreak. It updates and builds on the provisions contained in PPN 02/20 and outlines actions for all contracting authorities, including: reviewing their contract portfolio, where they are providing any contractual relief due to COVID-19 and, if appropriate to maintain delivery of critical services, continue or commence measures in line with PPN 02/20; to work in partnership with suppliers and develop transition plans to exit from any relief as soon as reasonably possible; continue to pay suppliers as quickly as possible, on receipt of invoices or in accordance with pre-agreed milestone dates, to maintain cash flow and protect jobs. Read the rest of the guidance here. The note also gives guidance on transition planning and advises contracting authorities to consider the guidance in the Government’s updated Outsourcing Playbook, which sets out how contracting authorities and suppliers should work together.

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