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CCS reiterates CL1 ordering period “is not being extended”

David Bicknell Published 02 June 2017

Crown Commercial Service responds following Naritas Consulting’s concerns over the status of new contracts placed through framework after June 2017

 

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has responded to criticism over an “extension” to the Contingent Labour ONE (CL1) framework and reiterated that the ordering period is not being extended.

In a statement to Government Computing , a Cabinet Office spokesperson said, "The ordering period is in place until June 2017 and is not being extended.”

The statement adds that “the CL1 framework enables services to be provided up to 12 months after the expiry of the ordering period - ensuring customers can continue sourcing their contingent labour needs until the new Public Sector Resourcing (PSR) framework is in place."

It follows the recent publication of an article which questioned whether a twelve month extension of the CL1 framework is all it seems to be and whether customers who use it after June 18 run the risk of breaching the procurement regulations.

The article , written by Naritas Consulting, had referred to CCS planning a “new uber-framework for public sector resourcing” which is due to go live in June 2018.  It details that the timing could give CCS a problem, as its “current preferred framework, CL1, is due to expire a year before this, and we feared that they would agree a questionable extension to this framework beyond its legal expiry date.”

?Naritas said it is seeking clarity on whether CL1 is being extended past its expiry date. It highlighted  a CCS Q&A document on the replacement Public Sector Resourcing framework, which explained that the CL1 “ordering period [has already been] extended to June 18 2017” and that there is a contractual provision for the suppliers to provide services for a further 12 month period beyond the ordering period.

Naritas said, “They are then deliberately ambiguous, stating that ‘CL1 will continue until June 18 2018’. Whilst CL1 will continue until June 2018, they should explain that this is only for existing contracts. They do not say that the ordering period is being extended, and any new contracts would have to be placed within the ordering period i.e. by June 2017.

“We have waited for more than a month for clarity from CCS on the simple question of whether the further 12 month period is just for existing contracts or for new ones, and despite it being opened almost 30 times during that month on 8 different devices they have still not responded. With the end of the ordering period rapidly approaching, we do not feel we can wait any longer before putting our concerns in the public domain.”








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