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Late 2020

Government procurement during the COVID-19 pandemic

In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, public sector bodies have had to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency. The Cabinet Office, which oversees government’s buying policies, has changed some of the procurement rules for contracts relating to the government’s response to COVID-19. Concerns have been raised about some of these procurements, including around a lack of transparency.  In our previous report Overview of the UK … Read more

Asylum accommodation and support

This report examines the government’s replacement of the COMPASS contracts for accommodation and support for asylum seekers.

Published:
3 Jul 2020
Autumn 2020

Bounce Back Loan Scheme

In our previous report Overview of the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we signalled our intention to report on how government has managed the risks created by its response to the crisis. This new investigation will look at the government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme. It will describe the schemes purpose and how it functions; performance to date; and … Read more

Autumn 2020

Investigation into the free school meals voucher scheme

On 31 March 2020, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department for Education launched a voucher scheme to help give the 1.4 million children in England eligible for free school meals continued access to meals while they were not attending school. Schools joining the scheme can order shopping vouchers worth £15 … Read more

Autumn 2020

Increasing the number of ventilators available to the NHS in response to COVID-19

In our previous report Overview of the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we signalled our intention to report on how government has managed risks created by its response to the crisis, including with respect to procurement and supply chains for items such as ventilators. This new investigation will set out the facts about the government’s efforts to rapidly increase the number of … Read more