All you need to know about Procurement Reform
The Procurement Act has gained Royal Assent and is expected to come into force in October 2024. It represents the most significant shake-up to procurement law and practice for a generation.
We have been at the forefront of procurement law for many years and here we bring together in one place key resources and our insights on this crucial development.
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Procurement Act Timeline
- 26 October 2023: the Procurement Act gained Royal Assent.
– 23 October 2023: publication of The Procurement Act 2023 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2024 - see here
– 17 July 2023: Part 2 consultation on secondary legislation launched, focusing on the proposed transparency requirements and noticing regime – see here
– 19 June 2023: Part 1 consultation on secondary legislation launched. Part 1 focused primarily on the various lists and definitions within the Bill (for example, exempt and Light Touch contracts) – see our analysis here
– 24 February 2023: Amended Procurement Bill published following Committee stage in the Commons
– 9 January 2023: Cabinet Office publishes guidance on the benefits of the Procurement Bill for prospective suppliers to the public sector - see here
– 15 December 2022: Cabinet Office publishes explanatory notes for Procurement Bill (as amended in the House of Lords) - see here
– 13 December 2022: House of Lords approves amended Bill and sends it to the Commons
– 21 October 2022: Cabinet Office publishes guidance on preparing for reform - see here
– 25 July 2022: Cabinet Office is running surveys every 6 months to hear views and inform the reforms: the first survey is available here
– 30 June 2022: Cabinet Office sets out transparency ambition for new procurement regime - see here
– 26 May 2022: Amendments to Bill proposed (see here for running list of amendments)
– 25 May 2022: Second reading in House of Lords
– 11 May 2022: Procurement Bill introduced to parliament. First reading in House of Lords
– 6 December 2021: Response to Green Paper published by Cabinet Office
– 15 December 2020: Green Paper on Transforming Public Procurement published by Cabinet Office
The UK procurement thresholds are increasing from 1 January 2024, and bodies subject to the procurement rules need to take note of the changes. The changes apply to works, services and supplies contracts, utilities contracts and concessions.