Procurement changes ‘not before 2023’

The UK Cabinet Office has provided an update on its plans to overhaul the procurement regime, following feedback from over 600 respondents.

The UK Cabinet Office has provided an update on its plans to overhaul the procurement regime, following feedback from over 600 respondents.

The department has said that while it cannot give a firm date on when the rules might change, the new regime “could not come into force until 2023 at the earliest” because of “the timescales around the legislative process”.

Meanwhile, the update revealed that “well over 600 respondents” had given feedback on the green paper consultation, adding that the measures were “broadly welcomed” by those responding.

It said, however, that the government’s thinking has moved on in “several areas” as a result of the feedback and it will provide details on how it intends to proceed with the changes in the coming weeks.

The proposals for change had raised some concerns among the UK infrastructure market, with experts worried that the added flexibility proposed would result in a wide range of different procurement approaches that would make it harder for smaller businesses to get involved.