GPS planning for £500m software framework contract

Whitehall's Government Procurement Service (GPS) plans for a lucrative software framework contract, which will allow councils to buy-in expertise for developing citizen based services.
The contract which is expected to be for a period of two years, would be further extended for two additional one-year periods.

The contract could be worth nearly £500m for IT suppliers seeking to support local authorities deploy revenue and benefits collection systems and payments.

According to GPS sources this procurement aims at helping councils with the delivery of statutory services like social care, planning, housing and environmental controls and is not for commodity software products and office suites.

The call-off contract is also expected to cover additional services, such as systems architecture, development, installation and maintenance.
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