PLC Public Sector reports:
Is it being overused … or even abused? What does “particularly complex” actually mean? What if you can specify the “what” but not the “how” – does that count? Do bidders like it or loath it? These are just some of the many questions likely to be asked when an authority is deciding whether it can, or should, use the competitive dialogue procedure.
The procedure is now nearing its third birthday. Most commentators agree that, in the round, it has been a success, allowing more private sector expertise to be inputted at the competitive stage of a procurement. However, if it is to continue to prosper and avoid numerous, recession-inspired, legal challenges, PLC Public Sector argues that the Government needs to publish further practical guidance which answers some of the many questions that still surround the use of this new procedure.