Cabinet updates Procurement Pledge to support the role of the VCS

Cabinet Office updated its Procurement Pledge to support the role of the voluntary and community sector.

The Procurement Pledge established a set of principles about how government will procure services with a range of providers. The Pledge, which is for central government and public sector bodies to sign up to, outlines five key commitments that public sector signatories must meet.

When initially published in May, the pledge was met with concerns about the lack of reference to the role of the voluntary sector as potential provider of services on behalf of government. Concerns were also raised about it not mentioning the Compact – the partnership agreement between government and the voluntary sector, which commits both to a series of undertakings (including procurement), and which all government departments are committed to following.

Subsequent efforts from Compact Voice to amend the text accompanying the pledge and ensure it clearly relates to the voluntary and community sector have resulted in government adding a section, which provides clarification.

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