The Government has issued Procurement Policy Note 04/20 (PPN 04/20) which provides updated information and guidance on how public bodies should approach payment of their suppliers during the COVID-19 outbreak. This follows the previous Procurement Policy Note 02/20 (PPN 02/20) which we covered in an earlier article that is available at this link: Commercial Contracts in the Public Sector - Relief for Suppliers.

PPN 04/20 will take effect on 1 July 2020, meaning that PPN 02/20 shall continue to apply up to and including 30 June 2020. In this article, we explore the implications of PPN 04/20 and the evolution from PPN 02/20.

Each of the above PPNs is applicable to all contracting authorities, including central government departments, executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies, local authorities, NHS bodies and the wider public sector (excluding the Devolved Administrations).