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DPS to grow to an unwieldy size. A DPS for vehicle conversions, for example, if not correctly structured with categories, could end up with hundreds of suppliers. This would make further competitions difficult to manage, as all suppliers have to be invited. The suppliers would face significant competition but ultimately see little benefit from their involvement. Therefore, it is essential that contracting authorities considering creating a DPS plan carefully from the outset, giving due consideration to its duration and categories. Similarly, before requesting to participate in a particular DPS, suppliers should review its structure and duration. A poorly thought out DPS might be relatively easy to gain access to but offer limited realistic opportunity. In summary, dynamic purchasing systems offer a number of benefits for all parties, especially for standard off-the-shelf requirements, and both suppliers and contracting authorities should be open-minded about this method of procurement

A note on revised thresholds January 2018 saw the bi-annual update to the value thresholds at which the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 apply. The relevant procurement policy note issued by Crown Commercial Service is PPN 04/17 issued on 22 December 2017. Thresholds for the next two years have increased slightly. For local authorities and other non-schedule 1 public bodies, the threshold for services and supplies is £181,302. The majority of fleet purchases will be categorised either as services or supplies, although for anything that classifies as works the threshold is £4,551,413. Remember, expenditure for same or similar requirements must be aggregated when considering if the contract(s) to be awarded are subject to the application of the regulations. In other words, splitting up the purchase of similar vehicles for the purpose of not having to comply with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 is not permitted.

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LAPV June 2018  
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