Collaborative procurement: taking advantage of another authority's contract

A note considering how a public authority can utilise a contract awarded by another public authority. The note considers the three main possibilities:

  • Awarding a call-off contract under a framework agreement.
  • Entering into a separate contract directly with the other public authority's provider.
  • Entering into a contract with the other public authority, who will then subcontract the provision of the services.

The note considers the legal issues involved in these three options and also the circumstances when it may be appropriate to use them.

We are reviewing this note following the publication of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/102), which will come into force on 26 February 2015.


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