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Public Procurement thresholds 2020/2021

New Thresholds

From 1 January 2021, above threshold tenders in the UK are published on the Government’s new procurement portal, Find a Tender (FTS).

The EU thresholds introduced on 1 January 2020, and detailed below, will remain in place until 1 January 2022. Future thresholds will be determined by the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) – which the UK has been a member of since 1 January 2021.

Regulation

The Regulations set out detailed procedures for the award of contracts whose value equals or exceeds the procurement thresholds. Details of the Regulations are given below.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland Scotland
The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015
The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 The Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016
The Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 The Concession Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016
The Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011

Social and other specific services are subject to the ‘light touch regime’ as described in a previous blog.

Public Contracts

Thresholds are exclusive of VAT.

  Supply, Services and Design Contracts Works Contracts Social and other specific services
Central Government

£122,976

€139,000

£4,733,252

€5,350,000

£663,540

€750,000

Other Contracting Authorities

£189,330

€214,000

£4,733,252

€5,350,000

£663,540

€750,000

Small Lots

£70,778

€80,000

£884,720

€1,000,000

n/a

Small lot is a contract, or part of a contract, that is exempt from the public procurement rules. You can read more about it here.

Utility Contracts

Thresholds are exclusive of VAT.

  Supply, Services and Design Contracts Works Contracts Social and other specific services
Utility Authorities

£378,660

€428,000

£4,733,252

€5,350,000

£884,720

€1,000,000

Concession Contracts

Thresholds are exclusive of VAT.

  Concession Contracts
Authorities

£4,733,252

€5,350,000

Defence and Security Contracts

Thresholds are exclusive of VAT.

  Supply, Services and Design Contracts Works Contracts Social and other specific services
Defence and Security Authorities

£378,660

€428,000

£4,733,252

€5,350,000

n/a

 

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