A joint investigation by openDemocracy and the Guardian has suggested the Cabinet Office awarded an £840,000 contract for researching public opinion about government policies to a company owned by two long-term associates of Michael Gove and Dominic Cummings, without putting the work out for tender.
The UK OGN committee felt we should highlight the value of Open Contracting and have subsequently published the following tweet which you are encouraged to retweet / share.
The tweet reads as follows:
The @GOVUK pioneered #OpenContracting to protect public money from conflicts of interest & ensure public get the best deal.
But if those close to gov are offered uncompetitive public contracts, it looks like cronyism… & it damages public trust.