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The UK Government Cabinet Office is producing a series of procurement policy notes (PPNs) during the COVID-19 crisis.

First published:
9 April 2020
Last updated:

The PPNs set out information and associated guidance on the public procurement regulations and responding to the outbreak. 3 PPNs have already been published.

The first 2 PPNs apply to Welsh authorities and are being adopted by the Welsh Government. However the Welsh Government cannot mandate their use in other authorities and decisions on adoption will be for accounting officers in each authority to make:

  1. Procurement Policy Note 01/20: Responding to COVID-19

    This PPN is around managing urgent procurements that may be required during the outbreak.

  2. Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19

    This PPN 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.

    Guidance on construction contracts is available here.

The third PPN has been written for UK government departments but can be used by all public sector organisations (including in Wales) at the discretion of individual accounting officers.

  1. Procurement Policy Note 03/20: Use of procurement cards - COVID-19

    This PPN relates to increased use of purchase cards to help speed up urgent procurements during the crisis.

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