Scottish Procurement Reform Update: Additional Provisions Of The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

Author:Mr Duncan Osler and Robin Fallas
Profession:MacRoberts
 
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The Procurement Reform Act 2014 was passed in summer 2014, at which point a small number of its provisions came into force. On 28 September 2015 a number of additional provisions were brought into force by the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2015/331.

In particular, one of the provisions enables Scottish Ministers to publish guidance about the selection of tenderers and the award of contracts, including in relation to workforce matters. It is anticipated that guidance will follow over the next few months.

Background

The Act, once in force, will set out requirements in relation to a new tier of "regulated contracts", which have a value below the EU public procurement thresholds and above specified thresholds, though certain contracts are excluded from the scope of the Act. The specified thresholds are currently £2 million for public works contracts and £50,000 for other public contracts.

The Act creates a new "sustainable procurement duty" for all contracting authorities in Scotland.

Provision is also made for a number of specific duties. Contracting authorities which expect their expenditure to exceed £5 million in the next financial year will be obliged to publish a procurement strategy and annual report. Additionally, where contracts have a value of £4 million or more (as currently expressed), contracting authorities will have a duty to consider whether to include "community benefit requirements".

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