The government has issued Procurement Policy Note 10/16 on onerous practices in procurement and contracting. The note explains how government buyers can avoid using onerous practices in procurement and contracting activity and applies to all central government departments, their executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies with immediate effect. It says that these organisations should conduct their public procurement and contracting activity in line with published guidance and best practice. This includes:

• conducting effective pre-market engagement;

• ensuring accurate and reliable data is available to suppliers during a procurement, and throughout contract delivery;

• awarding contracts on the basis of value for money;

• putting in place appropriate mechanisms for identifying and managing risks;

• using the guidance developed to support the Model Services Contract, to establish limits of liability in contracts.

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ procurement-policy-note-1016-onerous -practices-in-procurement-and-contracting