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Legal threat protection for public sector G-Cloud users on the way

Computer Weekly - G-Cloud programme director Tony Singleton has assured the public sector that any legal concerns they have about using the procurement framework are being addressed.

Fears that would-be cloud buyers might face legal action for failing to comply with the rules on procuring services through the framework were first raised in February 2014 in an open letter to Government Digital Services (GDS).

The letter, signed by a mix of G-Cloud suppliers, stakeholders and legal firms, said that poor understanding of the rules governing how to buy services could leave users that flout them – unwittingly or not – at risk of legal action.

“As opportunities through the framework become larger (and more valuable to suppliers), there is an increased risk of challenge from those suppliers who are losing revenues to G-Cloud,” the letter said.

“A successful challenge could potentially damage the integrity of the initiative, and what it promises to deliver to the UK public sector.”