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CCS and GDS team up to simplify public sector contracts

Matteo Natalucci Published 02 November 2017

Goal is to bring policy and digital together to deliver user-centred, design-led and data-driven approaches to public procurement by 2020


The Government Digital Service (GDS) and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) are bidding to simplify the contracts used to purchase goods and services across the public sector.

Their aim, working together with the Government Legal Department (GLD) and law firm DLA Piper is to drive a step-change that will ensure so called “user-centred, design-led and data-driven approaches” will apply to procurement by 2020.

GDS said in a blog , “The new contract still offers all the commercial and legal protection that government needs, but will be much shorter, and easier to use and understand.”

“We want buyers and suppliers to be able to focus on what really matters – sustainable relationships and the quality of the products and services delivered. The new, radically shorter and simpler set of contract terms is the biggest improvement in government contracting for decades.”

The ultimate goal is to make it easier and cheaper to sell to the public sector, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Inspired by findings from the fledgling One Team Government group at the end of June, GDS kicked off work at the beginning of July, bringing together policy and commercial experts from the CCS Policy team, digital experts from GDS’s Digital Marketplace team and GLD lawyers.

The new contracts are likely to be used in the renewal of the  Facilities Management Services framework  which is due to open for supplier applications in December 2017.

The GDS, CCS and GLD team says it is working closely with the CCS Facilities Management Services team as it prepares the new contracts and supporting documents for the procurement. They plan to engage early with suppliers to understand how suppliers will use the new simplified contracts.

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