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PremierLeague-News.Com - The demand follows a High Court ruling which confirmed that the UK Government unlawfully failed to declare billions of pounds worth of coronavirus-related contracts
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Labour have called on Matt Hancock to “commit to cleaning up cronyism” after the High Court ruled that the UK Government unlawfully failed to declare details of billions of pounds worth of coronavirus-related contracts.The Health Secretary “failed to publish redacted contracts in accordance with the transparency policy”, a judge said on Friday, prompting Labour to call for greater transparency and accountability.Shadow Cabinet Office minister Rachel Reeves has written to Mr Hancock asking him to commit to “publishing all outstanding contracts, winding down emergency procurement powers and reintroducing tendering”.The i politics newsletter cut through the noiseEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.She said: “Matt Hancock cannot simply brush off this court ruling. He must commit to cleaning up the cronyism and waste that has marred government contracting during the pandemic.“We have tried to get answers about who is getting VIP treatment but the Conservatives are refusing to tell us. Now we know the Health Secretary acted unlawfully, these are no longer questions he can ignore.“The Government must publish the outstanding contracts and details of the VIP lane as a first step to restoring public confidence.” Read More Covid contracts: Government faces legal action over £145m Deloitte deal By law, the Government is required to publish a “contract award notice” within 30 days of the award of any contract for public goods or services wroth more than £120,000.The Good Law Project took legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its “wholesale failure” to disclose details of contracts agreed during the Covid-19 pandemic.Their investigation revealed that the largest six global consultancy firms had been awarded £1.3bn of Government contracts since the start of February 2020.
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.McKinsey & Company picked up 23 Government contracts valued at £18.6m, including a recent £4m deal to provide ‘testing support’ to the Government’s Test and Trace programme headed by Baroness Dido Harding. The Conservative peer is a former consultant of McKinsey.Elsewhere, Price Waterhouse Cooper were awarded £28m of Government contracts, while fellow consultancy giant KPMG secured £23m in deals.Boston Consulting Group, whose staff were reported to have been paid £7,500 per day to support the Test and Trace programme, landed 14 contracts worth £19.7m. Read More Cabinet Office contacts key in winning lucrative PPE contracts, lawyers claim At a hearing earlier this month, the Good Law Project and three MPs – Labour’s Debbie Abrahams, the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas and Liberal Democrat Layla Moran – argued there had been a “dismal” failure by the DHSC to comply with the obligation.They also claimed the Government was breaching its own transparency policy, which requires the publication of details of public contracts worth more than £10,000.In a ruling on Friday, Mr Justice Chamberlain said: “There is now no dispute that, in a substantial number of cases, the Secretary of State breached his legal obligation to publish contract award notices within 30 days of the award of contracts.“There is also no dispute that the Secretary of State failed to publish redacted contracts in accordance with the transparency policy.“The judge said that the obligations to publish details of such contracts “serve a vital public function and that function was no less important during a pandemic”.Additional reporting by Press Association
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