latest health care news

06.04.20

Cabinet Office issues procurement cards guidance to support suppliers

Suppliers to the public sector are seeing their cashflow partly consolidated in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, following publication of new guidance from the Cabinet Office surrounding the use of procurement cards.

The newly-released Procurement Policy Note (PPN) sets out information and guidance to central government departments, their executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies – collectively grouped and referred to as ‘in scope organisations – relating to the use of procurement cards.

Aimed at accelerating payments to suppliers to support and improve cashflow in this difficult period, the new PPN is expected to help support the economy, jobs and infrastructure across the UK and beyond.

As part of the PPN, in scope organisations are urged to immediately engage with their procurement card provider to increase single transaction limits to £20,000 and raise the monthly limit on spending with procurement cards to £100,000 for key card holders.

Provisions should also be made so that monthly spend on procurement cards in excess of £100,000 should be permissible to meet business needs, the PPN advised.

READ THE FULL CABINET OFFICE PPN HERE

By April 30, 2020 meanwhile, in scope organisations should also ensure an appropriate number of staff have the authority to use these cards and all relevant categories of spend are open to ensure they can be used as widely and efficiently as possible.

Not all card holders will require a transaction limit of £20,000 or a monthly limit of £100,000 and decisions around appropriate caps and limitations on specific cards should be worked through and agreed between in scope organisations and their card providers, with the advise of the PPN taken into consideration during discussions.

The department’s Accounting Officer or Financial Director should, as per usual controls, still be the determining and authorising individual for key card holders in any in scope organisation, according to the PPN.

The Cabinet Office’s announcement is one of a number of steps the government has taken to alleviate concerns from the supply chain as the country responds to the unprecedented challenges of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

 

To learn more about the changes to procurement policy and the public sector's current purchasing requirements submit your details and one of our specialists will be in touch.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us throu more > more last word articles >

health service focus

View all News

comment

NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

23/09/2019NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

Reason to celebrate as NHS says watching rugby can be good for your mental ... more >
Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >

interviews

Organ Donation Week: Having the conversation

11/09/2020Organ Donation Week: Having the conversation

As part of Organ Donation Week, NHE’s Matt Roberts spoke with our Man... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

NICE’s support for rebuilding capacity in non-Covid health services

18/09/2020NICE’s support for rebuilding capacity in non-Covid health services

Paul Chrisp, Director of the Centre for Guidelines, NICE When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK’s shores earlier this year, the NHS responded quickly, diverting and ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >