Second consecutive fall in council G-Cloud sales

Local government G-Cloud sales fell for the second month running to £1.68m in June, according to official figures.

Sales in the local government category dropped from the £1.72m reported last month, which itself was a drop of almost a third from April.

Drops in the monthly spend have happened before, but normally these have been reversed the following month.

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June saw 234 G-Cloud purchases made by local authorities, a category that also includes housing associations and London mayoral quango Transport for London – up from 209 last month.

The biggest local government item was £150,255, spent by Peterborough City Council on specialist cloud services provided by cloud consultant Arcus Global. The Crown Commercial Service data does not specify what the payment covers.

London Borough of Hounslow made the most separate purchases by an individual authority, making 21 payments totalling £32,041.

Across all public bodies, overall spending spending through G-Cloud totalled £34.3m, taking the cumulative total spent since the framework’s launch in 2012 to £664m

The figures show that 76% of all purchases by value were made by central government.

The fall in local government spending through G-Cloud comes despite a series of regional events held by the Digital Marketplace over recent months aimed at educating buyers and suppliers.

49% of total sales by value and 59% by volume, from all reported G-Cloud sales to date, have been awarded to SMEs.

Earlier this week, the CCS said that the G-Cloud framework is showing an average of 20% savings against legacy single vendor agreements across government.

Colin Marrs

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