New Scottish Procurement Policy Note: Procurement activity during the Scottish Parliament election period (2/2021)

The Scottish Parliament election is on the 6 May 2021. Scottish Procurement has released a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note 1/2021, which states procurement staff need to take careful consideration when conducting business during the formal Scottish election period, which runs from 25 March until 6 May.

The key point:

  • Procurement staff are reminded that procurement announcements or decisions might be affected by the restrictions that will be in place during the election period.
On 15 February the Scottish Government published guidance on the handing of business up to and during the election period which applies to the Scottish Government, its agencies and national devolved public bodies.
On top of this, Procurement staff are advised to read their own organisation’s guidance on the conduct of business during the Scottish election period and to be mindful when handling announcement and/or significant decisions, as these can come under guidelines applicable during the election period.

SPPN 2/2021 can be read in full on the Scottish Government website.

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The Supplier Development Programme has issued previous communications regarding SPPNs which can be viewed on the SDP Scotland website.

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