End to fall in local government G-Cloud sales

Three months of plummeting G-Cloud purchases by local government have ended after sales to the sector rose 29% in August.

Purchases in the local authority category – which also includes housing associations and London mayoral quango Transport for London – totalled £1.75m, up from £1.36m the previous month.

The July figure was a 46% drop on the figure reported in April – although that month’s figure has now been revised up significantly to £3m due to late submissions.

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There were 225 purchases made by local government bodies during the month, with the London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Hounslow making up 48 of those between them.

The largest G-Cloud purchase by a council during the month was £325,000 paid to consultant Deloitte for specialist cloud services by Hampshire County Council.

Across all public bodies, overall spending through G-Cloud has now reached £753.2m  since its launch in 2012.

The figures show that 77% of total sales in August by value were through central government, compared to 89% last month.

51% of total sales by value and 60% by volume, from all reported G-Cloud sales to date, have been awarded to small and medium sized enterprises.

Meanwhile, the Digital Marketplace team said that it is expecting the seventh iteration of the G-Cloud framework to go live on 23 November.

A statement said: “All G-Cloud 5 services will be removed from the Digital Marketplace when G7 services go live. All G-Cloud 6 services will stay on the Digital Marketplace until the G-Cloud 8 framework goes live.”

The deadline for submitting applications to  G-Cloud 7 is 3pm (BST) on Tuesday 6 October 2015, and suppliers will be informed if they are on the framework by 9 November.

Colin Marrs

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