The Executive has agreed to implement measures to ensure that Departments pay their suppliers as quickly as possible to maintain cash flow and protect jobs. Further detail of the measures are outlined in the latest Procurement Guidance Note - PGN 01/20 Supplier Relief Due to Covid-19.
Recent years have seen industry’s engagement with government on matters of public procurement improve significantly...
With a public sector capital budget in Northern Ireland of over £1 billion a year, that engagement has been geared towards making procurement processes easier and more straightforward for local companies.
On matters such as the centralisation of the procurement and delivery of key infrastructure projects, social clauses and Project Bank Accounts it is though critical that industry continues to have its voice heard.
Following the statement by the Prime Minister last night, it is our view that, with the exception of essential works in support of the fight against Covid-19, non-essential construction work should cease.
The CEF are today issuing important guidance on Site Safety.