Share your views on draft regulations for procurement reform

22 June 2023

Update (18 July 2023)

The Cabinet Office has launched the second part of the consultation on the draft secondary legislation required to implement the Procurement Bill. It relates to the transparency provisions and notices that will be used by contracting authorities to fulfil their legal requirements under the Bill. It includes information on the proposed approach to transitional arrangements for procurements already underway at the time that the new regime takes affect. It also includes the position on other legislation that will need to be amended for the full provisions of the Bill to take effect.

The NHF will not be responding to the consultation on behalf of the sector, however we encourage housing associations to share their views with the Cabinet Office by completing the consultation survey by 25 August 2023. Where this is not possible, you may alternatively respond to the Cabinet Office by email.

The Cabinet Office is currently consulting on draft regulations to implement the Procurement Bill, seeking views on whether the policy intent established in the Bill has been reflected in the drafting of the regulations.

The Procurement Bill, which recently passed through its report stage and third reading in the House of Commons, aims to deliver value for money, maximise public benefit, and allow for simpler, more flexible and transparent procurement.

This consultation is an opportunity to give feedback and help shape the secondary legislation that sits under the Procurement Bill and enacts many of its provisions.

The NHF will not be responding to the consultation on behalf of the sector, however we encourage housing associations to share their views by responding to the consultation themselves. The consultation is comprised of a nine question survey which asks respondents to state to what extent they agree or disagree with the question posed under each section. More information on the consultation and how to respond can be found on the government website. The consultation closes on 28 July.

The NHF welcomes the Bill as a way to simplify the procurement process for housing associations and we’ll be working closely with the government and other stakeholders to support members to implement the new regime.

To support housing associations prepare for the new regime, the Cabinet Office will be launching a learning and development package once the bill receives Royal Assent. John Wallace, Director of Procurement at Clarion Housing Group, has been asked to act as a single point of contact for the sector regarding the learning and development package.

We expect the new procurement regime to take effect in October 2024. If you’d like to know more about the new procurement regime, and the Cabinet Office’s learning and development package, please get in touch with John.

Who to speak to

Evelyn Williams, Policy Officer