The UK government has published a 2nd COVID-19 procurement policy note (PPN 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19).
The note provides information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current coronavirus outbreak. Accounting officers need to be aware that payment in advance can increase the risk of fraud and error. Contracting authorities must act now to ensure suppliers at risk are in a position to resume normal contract delivery once the outbreak is over.
This is the 2nd PPN in a series of PPN’s that will be published by the UK government. The 1st PPN was called PPN 01/20: Responding to COVID-19.
Both PPNs are being adopted by the Welsh Government and we encourage the Welsh public sector to do the same.
If you have any queries, please contact the COVID19 mailbox: Covid-19.Procurement@gov.wales