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11 December 2011 | Paul Snell
The European Commission has published the
new thresholds for public sector procurement that will come into force on 1
Although the figures at which it is
necessary to advertise a contract have risen slightly, they are not significant
changes. The thresholds are updated every two years and these new limits will
apply until 31 December 2013.
The threshold for supplies and services contracts
for those public sector organisations listed here
has been increased from £101,323 to £113,057 (€130,000). For other contracting
authorities tendering these contracts, the threshold has risen from £156,442 to
For works contracts for all public bodies
the new limit is £4,348,350 (€5 million), up from £3,927,260. There are also new
thresholds for small lots, which are now £69,574 for supplies and services and
£869,670 for works deals.
These thresholds are set in sterling and
euros and are not subject to currency fluctuations.
The UK government has pressed the EC to
raise the threshold values “substantially” as well as introducing a method of
linking them so they follow economic factors such as inflation as part of its response to the Commission's ongoing review of purchasing rules.