Dramatic drop in council G-Cloud purchases

Local government spend through the G-Cloud framework dropped by almost two thirds between December and January, according to new figures.

Data released by the Cabinet Office shows that local government spend for January 2015 was just £636,537, compared to £1.72m in December.

Overall sales through G-Cloud across all government organisations including central government fell from £30.3m to £26.8m over the period.

This means that the percentage of G-Cloud sales from local authorities has fallen from 3.6 per cent to 2.4 per cent over the past year.

The dramatic drop in sales follows a period of strong growth through G-Cloud throughout 2014.

However, the drop in sales last month undoes most of that growth and takes local government sales back to near the level of January 2014, when a total of 987 sales totalling £16.63m were made via the platform.

This January, 113 purchases were made in the local authority category, by 17 councils, three housing associations and Transport for London.

Last week, the government announced that it would be reversing a previous decision to remove agile development services available under G-Cloud 5 from the Digital Marketplace.

Earlier this month, the government last week announced that 1,453 suppliers had been appointed to the G-Cloud 6 framework.

Colin Marrs

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