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Transparency and Accountability

Achieving greater transparency of public sector procurement and contracting

Government has set out the need for greater transparency across its operations to enable the public to hold public bodies and politicians to account. This includes commitments relating to public expenditure, intended to help achieve better value for money.

As part of the transparency agenda, Government has made the following commitments with regard to procurement and contracting:

  • All new central government ICT contracts over the value of £10,000 to be published in full online from July 2010.
  • All new central government tender documents for contracts over £10,000 to be published on a single website from September 2010, with this information to be made available to the public free of charge.
  • New items of central government spending over £25,000 to published online from November 2010.
  • All new central government contracts to be published in full from January 2011.
  • In accordance with Central Government Payment Policy, JNCC is committed to pay 80% of undisputed and valid invoices within 5 days with the remainder paid within 30 days. JNCC are now required to report their performance against these targets on a quarterly basis.

Suppliers and those organisations looking to bid for public sector contracts should be aware that if they are awarded a new government contract, the resulting contract between the supplier and government will be published.  In some circumstances, limited redactions will be made to some contracts before they are published in order to comply with existing law and for the protection of national security.

Re-use of JNCC’s transparency agenda information is subject to the terms of the Open Government Licence, which means it may be used and distributed freely with only a few conditions. If you re-use this information you must acknowledge the source of the information in your product or application by including or linking to the following attribution statement: “Contains JNCC data © copyright and database right [year]”.


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