12 Oct Court proceedings launched in challenge to government’s failure to publish Covid-19 contracts
Court proceedings have now been issued by our clients The Good Law Project and 3 cross-party MPs – Debbie Abrahams, Caroline Lucas and Layla Moran – challenging the government’s routine failure to publish details of contracts awarded in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic response.
The Claimants challenge the widespread systemic failure of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to comply with his duty under regulation 50 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 to publish, within 30 days, contract award notices. The government’s policy is to publish the contracts themselves as well, if they have a value of over £10,000. The government is routinely failing to do both.