Procurement: updated list of central government authorities in force from 16 August

Not all charities are subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”), but those which are may want to know about the latest in a series of changes made to the Regulations in spring / summer this year: a new Schedule 1 to the Regulations, which comes into force on 16 August.

This is a key schedule which sets out a list of named “central government contracting authorities”. Central government contracting authorities are subject to a lower threshold for supplies and services contracts - £122,976, as opposed to sub-central authorities, which are not expressly listed in Schedule 1 and for which that threshold is £189,330.

Some organisations subject to the Regulations have in this latest change been moved to the list of central government contracting authorities.

For more on the changes, and a link to the new schedule to check whether your charity is affected, if you are unsure, head over to the Procurement Portal.

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