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Extracts from an article by Rhiannon Curry, business reporter for The Telegraph.

“The Government faces the first acid test of an ambitious plan to spread the risk of public services contracts, as it launches a £12bn tender to carry out cleaning and maintenance at schools, hospitals and other public buildings.

The Crown Commercial Service, which administers work on behalf of Government departments, local ­authorities and the NHS, wants the new framework to give more jobs to regional companies as part of a Government drive to give a third of public sector work to SMEs by 2020.” […]

“Never before have so many of these types of contracts been procured at once, according to public sector data analysts Tussell. The contracts for the new framework are yet to be published, but tender documents reveal that the values could range from £500 to £1.4bn, for services as diverse as tree surgery, snow and ice clearance and managing hazardous waste.”

Read the full article on The Telegraph website.

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