Local government G-Cloud sales fall back

Local government purchases through G-Cloud fell back during October following two consecutive months of rises.

Purchases in the local authority category, which includes councils housing associations and the Welsh Assembly Government Records Services, fell to £1.72m.

This is a fall of 9.5% from September’s initial figure of £1.90m and is below the £1.75m sales recorded in August.

There were 210 purchases made by local government on G-Cloud through the Digital Marketplace during the month. Bristol City Council made the highest number of purchases by an individual body in the category at 33, totalling £198,000.

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The largest single purchase was by Transport for London, which paid £163,000 to consultant Deloitte for undefined services.

This month’s set of results also showed that September’s preliminary figure of £1.90m rose to £2.04m after late returns were added to the local government total.

Across the whole of government, sales totalled £37.13m during October, taking total sales since April 2012 to £856.7m.

Meanwhile, the government has announced that it is delaying the launch of its Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework to next week.

Originally, suppliers had been expected to be invited to apply to the renamed Digital Services framework this week.

However, a statement from the Digital Marketplace team said: “We received positive feedback from suppliers on the G-Cloud 7 application process. We’re keen to make sure suppliers have as good an experience applying for Digital Outcomes and Specialists.”

Last week, the government announced that 1,616 suppliers have been appointed to the seventh iteration of the G-Cloud framework.

Colin Marrs

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