The Government has acted on contract transparency, placing a new transparency clause within the updated Model Services Contract – the blueprint used throughout government for major contracts with public sector buyers. This follows the Government’s commitment in March 2015 to trial and adopt the transparency provisions developed by the Institute. Jo Casebourne explains.
Earlier this month, Environment Secretary Liz Truss told an audience at the Institute for Government about her plans to reform and modernise the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Gavin Freeguard and Oliver Ilott look at two of her key themes – working with arm’s-length bodies and #opendefra – in charts.
Yesterday, the Whitehall Monitor team launched their 2015 Annual Report: ‘The Coalition in 163 charts’. Gavin Freeguard presented a selection of these charts to tell four stories about what happened in government over the last Parliament, and the challenges faced by Whitehall departments after the imminent Spending Review is published. Emily Andrews summarises.
The Cabinet Office appears to be failing to meet its commitments to boost transparency around public sector contracts, despite saying six months ago that it had given the green light to trialling and adopting a new standard transparency clause for government contracts. Chris Wajzer explains.