Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by failing to publish Covid contracts High court rules that failure to
Posted by Mary on February 19, 2021, 4:24 pm
Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by failing to publish Covid contracts |
High court rules that failure to publish details of contracts within 30 days was transparency breach
19 Feb 2021
The health secretary, Matt Hancock, acted unlawfully by failing to publish multibillion-pound Covid-19 government contracts within the 30-day period required by law, a high court judge has ruled.
The judge, Mr Justice Chamberlain, ruled the failure to do so breached the “vital public function” of transparency over how “vast quantities” of taxpayers’ money was being spent.
So what will happen? Zilch most probably.
'Research by the procurement consultancy Tussell had found that by the beginning of October, Hancock’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) had spent approximately £15bn buying PPE from different companies, but only £2.68bn worth of contracts had been published.
Government regulations require all contracts with a value of more than £10,000 to be published, and to be sent for publication within 30 days of being awarded.'