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New (reduced) procurement thresholds for UK

  • Market Insight 12 novembre 2021 12 novembre 2021
  • Royaume-Uni & Europe

  • Projets et construction

On 29 October 2021, the Government released The Public Procurement (Agreement on Government Procurement) (Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (“the Regulations”). which lay out revised financial thresholds for public procurements under certain regulations. Contracts with estimated values over these revised thresholds must be published on the Government’s Find a Tender service and the tender must be run in compliance with the appropriate procurement regulations.

New (reduced) procurement thresholds for UK

When they come into force on 1 January 2022, the Regulations will update the financial thresholds in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (“PCR”), the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 (“CCR”) and the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 (“UCR”).

The thresholds have been reviewed and updated to ensure they continue to correspond with the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Government Procurement. A key change applicable from 1 January 2022 is that the relevant thresholds are now inclusive of VAT. This also includes the thresholds under the Light Touch Regime, although the baseline threshold for these services has not changed from the 2020/21 figure.

Procurement processes commenced before 1 January 2022 will not be affected.

The New Thresholds

The financial thresholds under the PCR, UCR and CCR have been amended as follows:
 

Contract Type

Current threshold excl. VAT

(until 31 December 2021)

New threshold incl. VAT

(from 1 January 2022)

PCR

Supplies/ Services: Central Government Authorities

(incl. NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts)

£122,976

£138,760

Supplies/ Services: Sub-Central Authorities

(incl. local authorities, universities, CCGs)

£189,330

£213,477

Works

£4,733,252

£5,336,937

‘Light Touch Regime’ Services

£663,540

£663,540

UCR

Supplies/ Services

£378,660

£426,955

‘Light Touch Regime’ Services

£663,540

£663,540

Works

£4,733,252

£5,336,937

CCR

Concessions

(works/ services)

£4,733,252

£5,336,937

 

Practical Impact

Contracting authorities will now need to include VAT in their estimated contract values and, where applicable, factor this into any procurement activities from 1 January 2022. Standing Orders/ Contract Procedure Rules may also need to be updated. The net effect of these new changes, given the real terms reduction in the thresholds, is that more contracts will fall within the statutory regime. This underlines the need for a full costing exercise to be undertaken at the start of every procurement, to ensure that the advertisement and procurement documents build sufficient headroom to allow for future requirements and changes in scope.

Our dedicated procurement team has extensive experience in advising contracting authorities and suppliers on the procurement regime. Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you require any assistance navigating these changes, or any other element of the procurement process.

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Auteurs supplémentaires:

Hannah Chapelhow, Ewan Hutton

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