The Division for Training didn’t run an open tender for the newest free faculty meals voucher contract, rolling it over to provider Edenred for the third time.
Ministers had been criticised for not working an open tender for the primary two contracts handed to Edenred final 12 months which rose from £78 million to £425 million. The general public accounts committee criticised the DfE for not in search of to barter higher phrases when the primary contract was prolonged.
Now the DfE has instructed Colleges Week that there was no open tender when the voucher scheme relaunched on January 18.
Geoff Barton, common secretary at ASCL, mentioned: “It does beg the query of why the federal government didn’t foresee the chance of one other lockdown and run a young course of at an earlier stage.”
Nonetheless, a DfE spokesperson mentioned the federal government had “improved the phrases of the contract”, though they might not verify what these had been.
The division is working with the Crown Industrial Service to launch a cross-government and public sector tender for retail vouchers, together with meals vouchers.
A previous data discover for the £3.3 billion procurement, revealed on January 29, says the contract discover will exit on March 5.
In the meantime the Cupboard Workplace is consulting on a inexperienced paper revealed in December known as Remodeling Public Procurement to “pace up and simplify procurement processes”. It features a proposal to permit “restricted tendering in circumstances of maximum urgency”.