With recent global, politically disruptive events such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, there were already enough question marks floating around about what it would all mean for UK public sector procurement.
So now with the added and unexpected complexity of the 2017 General Election in just one week’s time, procurement professionals and suppliers may be wondering what changes procurement may face 12 months down the line.
At Millstream, we have taken a look at each of the main party’s manifestos to see what mention there is of procurement, and also if there are any major policies that might impact the sector. NOTE: Text in italics is lifted directly from the manifestos.
So there you have it – Labour and UKIP have produced definitive actions regarding procurement which would have significant impacts on how the public sector procure goods, services and works. The other parties, focusing their messages on encouraging SMEs and localised spend.
Whatever your choice on 8th June, it is good to know how your vote might influence your job or your business.
References/links to Manifestos:
Conservative Party Manifesto
Labour Party Manifesto
Liberal Democrat Manifesto
Plaid Cymru Manifesto
With suppliers and buyers already busy understanding and implementing the 2015 Procurement Regulations they may find that the landscape shifts again after the general election in May. While the new regulations will stay in force and are unlikely to change with a new government, its important to understand what each of the main parties are saying about procurement and how that might impact the sector in the coming years.
Obviously wider policy initiatives such as NHS spending, defence projects and education reforms will have an impact on procurement but here is what each party has said in their manifesto about specific procurement policies (i.e. how they will change how procurement is conducted):
- Will raise the target for SME’s involvement in procurement raising their share of central government procurement from 25% to 33%.
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UK Party Leaders
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