The Cabinet Office has published Procurement Policy Note PPN 05/20 – The Outsourcing Playbook V2.0.

PPN 05/20 announces that the Outsourcing Playbook has been updated, along with a number of the supporting Guidance Notes.

In February 2019, the Government published a suite of documents: The Outsourcing Playbook – Central government guidance on outsourcing decisions and contracting” and twelve Outsourcing Guidance Notes. These were published following study of what, why and how the Government outsources services, prompted by the fall-out from the collapse of Carillion in January 2018. The Outsourcing Playbook introduced key new policies capturing the approaches and behaviours required in central government outsourcing of services.

Here is a link to our article covering the publication of the original Outsourcing Playbook and Guidance Notes in February 2019. There were amendments to some of the documents in the period May to November 2019.

The June 2020 version updates the Outsourcing Playbook and there are new or updated Guidance Notes and tools:

  • Delivery Model Assessments
  • Should Cost Modelling
  • Testing and Piloting Services
  • Risk Allocation and Pricing Approaches
  • Competitive Dialogue and Competitive Procedure with Negotiation
  • Bid Evaluation Guidance
  • Assessing and Monitoring the Economic and Financial Standing of Suppliers Guidance Note
  • Financial Viability Risk Assessment Tool 2.0

PPN 05/20 applies to Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies. The Outsourcing Playbook and associated guidance is considered good practice and can be applied across the wider public sector.

We will follow up shortly with a more detailed commentary on the key changes made to the Outsourcing Playbook and Guidance Notes.

Here are links to:
the Cabinet Office PPN webpage
the Outsourcing Playbook webpage

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