Latest Updates on UK Government COVID-19 Contracts and Spending

Tussell has been tracking UK Government contracts and spending in response to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic to provide the latest insights. Scroll down for a summary of the data or download all of the underlying COVID-19 contract award data by entering your details at the bottom of this page.

Last updated: 22 February 2021

The total value of contracts awarded by the UK Government in respond to Covid-19 is now:

£24.4 billion

60% of this value has been awarded for products and supplies, while 39% was dedicated to procuring services.

The contracts can be grouped into three major categories: contracts for personal protective equipment (PPE) that include the provision of masks, gloves and gowns; contracts for suppliers to the Test and Trace Programme that include a range of provisions, from coronavirus tests and testing service, to the development of the NHS COVID-19 app; and contracts for hospital supplies, including medicines, hospital beds and ventilators.

The number of contracts for PPE and hospital supplies had been surging during April, May and June 2020 and had been tapering off since the summer. The contracts for the Test and Trace Programme have been slowly increasing from April to September 2020 and have started to climb rapidly in October. The value of Test and Trace contracts exceeded the value awarded for PPE in mid-January 2021.

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It's important to note that contract notices are published after they have been awarded, sometimes with a significant delay. Our charts based on the award date are subject to change in light of the the most up-to-date information.

Among the contracts for supplies and services in categories beyond the three major pillars, we've seen a substantial value awarded for social support, that includes temporary accommodation for the homeless, expenses related to shielding the vulnerable groups and school meals. A portion of the contracts were awarded to companies supplying connectivity and IT services and another portion for consultancy, marketing and research services.

Covid_tracker_other-Feb-22-2021-05-08-18-14-PMThe bulk of contracts were awarded by the Department of Health and Social Care, mostly for PPE and Test and Trace.

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Among the top suppliers receiving the largest share of the coronavirus contract value were suppliers of PPE and test kits, and private healthcare providers easing the pressure on the NHS.

Our list of the top ten suppliers with the most coronavirus contracts suggests a heavy reliance on consultants and air freight companies to support the Government in its response to the virus.

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Notable contracts since our last update

Notable contracts published in the last week include:
  • £503m to Surescreen Diagnostics, to manufacture lateral flow antigen tests. This is the biggest award to a single supplier.
  • £145m to Deloitte, for consultancy support to expand Covid testing.
  • £19m to Eddie Stobart, for warehouse services to store PPE.

Learn more about the Government's COVID-19 response

Download historic reports from our research team covering the coronavirus pandemic. These provide further analysis of the type of contracts awarded and the departments responsible for the procurement.

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Tussell's data on Government's COVID-19 response in the press

If you need Tussell's support to shed light on a particular area of public sector contracts or spending on the pandemic, please contact our press team.

We've played a vital role in helping the press and the public better understand the government's response to the pandemic. We have collected more than 50 citations from the media since April.

Below are some news articles that feature Tussell's data and analysis.

17th December 2020 New York Times

Waste, Negligence and Cronyism: Inside Britain’s Pandemic Spending

16th October 2020 FT

Ministers handed £280,000 Covid contract to business of executive in voluntary public role

16th October 2020 The Guardian

Government spending on Covid consultancy contracts rises to £175m

31st August 2020 Bloomberg

Big Four Firms Win $49.3 Million in U.K. for Pandemic Advice

19th August 2020 Huffington Post

Revealed: Who Profited From The Government’s Coronavirus Spending Boom

21st June 2020 BBC News

MPs to grill health officials on PPE spending

6th June 2020 The Times

£108m PPE contract was given to small pest control company

15th May 2020 The Guardian

Firms given £1bn of state contracts without tender in Covid-19 crisis

3rd April 2020 FT

NHS tracing app in question as experts assess Google-Apple model

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