G-Cloud’s success could bring legal challenges.
Tony Singleton, Digital Commercial Programme Director for G-Cloud, has been speaking at Cloud Expo about legal fears around G-Cloud services.
Delivering his keynote, Singleton said that legal teams are working hard to make sure that there aren’t legal challenges caused by getting something wrong on the framework.
"What we want to do is make sure the marketplace is fully compliant. There’s a multidisciplinary team delivering it: ourselves, Crown Commercial Service, and Treasury solicitors."
"So the buyers can be reassured that if they use the marketplace, they use it in the right way, they are fully compliant, there’s nothing to worry about on their side."
In February, an open letter was sent to WhiteHall’s Digital Services, with the letter looking to raise awareness of the increased risk of lega challenges from suppliers who are losing revenue to G-Cloud.
The letter stated that: "A successful challenge could potentially damage the integrity of the initiative, and all that it promises to deliver to the UK public sector."
G-Cloud has been relatively successful, with public sector buyers reported to spend £30 million a month through it, with total spend now at £467 million.