Local Government G-Cloud Engagement Increasing

Apr 17, 2014

Yesterday, the Cabinet Office released new sales data from G-Cloud that revealed an increase in spending by local authorities on the platform.

The total number of sales made through the procurement framework since it was launched in 2012 until the end of March this year now sits at £154.6m – of which, £9.6m was contributed by local government.

In March 2013, this figure sat at just £1.4m, meaning council spending on the framework is up 610% in a 12-month period, suggesting more authorities are aware of G-Cloud and how to use it.

Despite this, the wider public sector only accounts for 21% of the total spent via the network, with 79% of sales going to central government.

This is in contrast with the figures from March 2013, when 67% of sales were from Whitehall, while 33% came from other public services.

Although the amount being spent by the wider public sector has increased, it seems the proportion of other organisations actually using the framework is still quite small.

Recently, G-Cloud has been subject to much criticism, including Home Office CTO Denise claiming it lacks visibility.

Earlier this week, Government Digital Service (GDS) COO Tony Singleton announced a series of measures to improve G-Cloud awareness in response to such reports.

SME Use Also On The Rise

The latest sales figures show that SMEs securing work via the platform is also on the rise – a total of 60% of all purchases were from smaller companies, up from 55% last year.

The government is committed to increasing the business it does with SMBs and these figures suggest Whitehall is well on its way to achieving a target of 25% of all central government spending to go to SMEs by 2015.

© 24N.biz

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