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We’re suing the Government over its decision to grant an £108 million contract for the supply of PPE to Crisp Websites Limited.
Since the start of the pandemic, Government has signed over 100 contracts – worth in total nearly £350m – for the supply of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers. Of that total, around a third (£108m) was tied up in one contract with one company, Crisp Websites Limited (trading as Pestfix). The number of bidders who competed for that contract was one. And the purchase order for this enormous sum of money was issued on 10 April 2020, three days before the contract was concluded. At the time Government issued the purchase order, Crisp Websites Limited’s last reported net assets were £18,047.
A number of questions arise:
These are serious questions – and on 10 June 2020 we sent a judicial review pre-action protocol letter to Government asking for answers. Today, to ensure we can take these points forward, we will issue short form judicial review proceedings in the High Court.
The bare facts beggar belief. They involve enormous sums of public money – about the same as what Government will save by scrapping free school meal vouchers for the summer holidays. It’s hard to imagine a good reason why this contract would be given to this company selection. And failures in PPE provision make it vital we understand where procurement is going wrong.
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