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New government procurement framework announced for consultancies

28 November 2011

The government has announced plans to introduce a new framework agreement pertaining to the procurement of consultancy contracts.

From the middle of 2012, the Cabinet Office's new ConsultancyONE guidelines will cover all central government consultancy contracts worth more than £100,000, thus allowing all major deals to be handled together, reports Supply Management.

This will allow for greater transparency and oversight capabilities, which in turn will aid ongoing efforts by Whitehall to control or reduce its spending on consultancy procurement.

Around £2 billion worth of consulting services are set to be purchased over the four-year duration of the framework arrangement, with measures also in place to make it as accessible as possible to small and medium-sized enterprises.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "Aggregating all the government's spend reduction through this contract framework and ensuring that all departments use it will end the days of disjointed, needlessly expensive spend on consultancy across government."

This comes after a new directive was announced by the government earlier this week that will impose a 120-day limit on all Whitehall procurements.

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